The interview is a fascinating insight into what accessibility should be about by someone with a disability and experience of exclusion having become blind in early adulthood. Carey argues for server-based computing, perhaps what we’ll get with the “government cloud” (G-Cloud) of the future, but is currently delivered by the likes of MS Terminal Services and Citrix. Carey also pushes for greater use of SMS, which I can understand but as a delivery agent the progression of this is only stifled by the public’s frequest change of mobile phone numbers and unwillingness to provide them to goovernment agencies – perhaps they’re getting less shy?
My major agreement with Carey is on e-services and e-forms trying to replicate existing paper-based ones – the analogues of the title, and I agree with the need to simplify systems and change legislation to get over some of the current problems.
He’s also right about overloaded home pages and those with fast-moving Java applications – not very nice looking either!
If anybody has trouble getting a copy, since Kable don’t appear to do it electronically, email me and I’ll send a e-copy, if that’s not breaking too many laws?