Make your websites accessible for the disabled — or break the law

Corporate communicators have a legal requirement to make their content accessible by disabled people. One in five of the population has some type of disability. If your website cannot be used by them then you are potentially missing out a good 20% of your potential market. 4 tests The World Wide Web Consortium, 3w.org, has Read More

I can see the light, but the tunnel keeps getting longer…

I read only last week that a venerable Scandinavian research institute had deduced (after a mega bout of data crunching and munching that I can only imagine) that: “90% of ALL the data ever produced by humanity has been created in the last two years.” Wow, I thought. That’s what I call exponential… We all Read More

World music sales up for first time since 1999

The record industry has turned around after 13 years of decline.  Global record sales grew 0.3% in 2012 by value, says the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). A small growth but at least growth.  Sales of digital products are up 9% on 2011. Strategy The global industry has adopted the strategy of: Attacking Read More

UBM: good numbers and strong words

There are good numbers and strong words from UMB this week.  The good numbers are in the annual results: Revenue up 9.3%; Margins up 20.8% from 19.3%; More revenue from China than Europe; The strong words are from David Levin, chief executive since 2005, in The Daily Telegraph speaking before the results were out. Software Read More

EU probes e-book publishers and Apple

The EU is to formally investigate whether Apple and 5 European publishers are gouging the e-book market.  Have they conspired to set prices and so rig the market, is the question. E-books more expensive than paper  E-books are more expensive than paper editions, much to the surprise of many experts.  Manufacture and distribution of paper Read More

Two fingers hover over the master switch

Google’s takeover of Motorola’s mobile phone operations may strengthen its hold on the master switch of the Internet, to the detriment of all users. The Cycle: Open then closed Communications technologies before the Internet have gone through an open founding phase and then become closed.  One company or a select few have been then able to have Read More

TV listing mags defy gravity

The TV listing magazines continue to defy gravity: 4 TV listings magazines win the top readerships among weeklies in the latest NRS survey. The information they deliver  is all available elsewhere.  It is in daily newspapers and in separate magazines of the Saturday and Sunday editions; it is available online.  Yet 3.4 million read What’s Read More

Publisher loses the plot: Elsevier closes CW and sells website

Computer Weekly, after 45 years of UK publication, is to close its paper edition and the web site is to be sold by Elsevier to TechTarget, a US publisher. This is a case study in how to lose the plot.  CW was a pioneer of IT journalism.  Steady and also, in certain times, speedy. Speedy Read More