• Issues of Accessibility – Resizing Webpage Text

    Luke Canvin

    Resizing webpage text to increase website accessibility  In this next edition of the Website Accessibility series, we will be looking at resizing webpage text. There must be no loss of site functionality where text is resized. One of the criterion from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines “Distinguishable” guidelines requires that any text displayed on your site must be capable of being resized by up to 200%, without any loss of functionality or content. There are some caveats, which we will explore in[...]

  • How can digital tools help local authorities prepare for the social care reforms?

    Siobhan Farmer

    The planned October 2023 social care reforms are set to bring sweeping changes to the social care funding landscape through the introduction of a revised funding threshold and a care cap. This is the third in a series of articles exploring what the reforms mean and their potential impact. In this article we examine how local authorities can prepare for the changes by implementing digital tools.

  • Dev Camp 2022: Day 5

    Tim Palmer

    We've reached the end of our week-long 2022 Dev Camp. Would OCC recommend the 3 technologies we tested? Read our final thoughts on our time spent trialling the latest updates to Blazor and Maui here

  • Issues of Accessibility – Non-text contrast

    Luke Canvin

    This article continues our series looking at website accessibility. We will be looking at a relatively new addition to the accessibility guidelines – non-text contrast; another criterion under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines “Distinguishable” guideline. This criterion provides a minimum contrast for graphics – “active user interface components” and “meaningful graphics” (we’ll look at what those terms mean very shortly) with the objective of ensuring that people with certain visual impairments can still understand the controls or graphics without needing[...]

  • Using AI in Medical Devices

    Tim Palmer

    Machine learning. Artificial intelligence. Deep learning. Once purely seen as buzzwords, these concepts were eagerly discussed in theoretical conversations and lofty imaginings of what our future may hold. But now we find ourselves firmly in the data age, where artificial intelligence has become a critical tool in processing the staggering amount of information we produce. Machine learning techniques can be used to crunch the numbers and spot patterns where the human brain cannot. Researchers are implementing their latest findings into[...]

  • Identify Input Purpose

    Luke Canvin

    In this article we will be examining the fifth criterion under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines “Adaptable” guideline. You are likely familiar with the “type” attribute that many input fields support, for example <input type=”text” />. Common types include number, date, checkbox, etc. More niche types include email, tel and password. These are extremely useful, and often cue the browser to offer different behaviour for input. However, those types don’t provide much indication of the purpose of the information. For[...]

  • ContrOCC Web

    Sam Martin

    ContrOCC Web is our project to migrate the market leading social care finance system ContrOCC from a desktop-installed client application to a modern, browser-based system. Customer first Customer demand sparked this change, and we have kept user and customer requirements at the front of our plans. We are keeping the overall layout of the interface the same as before so that existing users will find it easier to adapt without additional training and support. The objective is to develop a[...]

  • OCC sponsors AI Fellowship

    John Boyle

    Earlier this year OCC embarked on the sponsorship of the Fellow for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University of Oxford’s Reuben College. To celebrate this OCC Directors and our Fellow, David Clifton, held a series of discussions exploring AI and David’s research.

  • Challenges of the Health and Social Care reforms

    Damian Payne

    Dominating the news over the past few days has been the announcement of the long-anticipated reforms to health and social care in England. Naturally, the question of funding has remained central to the debate. Measures have been proposed to raise £36bn over the next 3 years through the introduction of a 1.25% health and social levy, along with an increase in dividend tax. Initially however, this levy will be used to fund the NHS, and then eventually be diverted to social care. OCC’s work is intrinsically linked to that of local authorities in the social care sector. We are watching closely to determine the potential impact of the reforms on social care funding on our products. In this insights article, we explore whether any substantial changes have been introduced since Dilnot’s first reform proposals in 2011 and take a look at the potential challenges.

  • Meaningful Sequence

    Luke Canvin

    This time we’ll be looking at the second of the criteria under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines “Adaptable” guideline: When the sequence in which the content is presented affects its meaning, a correct reading sequence can be programmatically determined. As with our topic last month, the main issue we are trying to avoid here is for a screen to look perfectly fine visually, but to create problems for assistive technologies such as screen readers. This could occur where the visual[...]