• Helping you prepare for the 2023 Care Reforms

    Siobhan Farmer

    The planned social care reforms are set to bring the biggest changes in a decade to the social care charging landscape, through the introduction of a revised funding threshold and a cap on personal care costs. The workload for local authorities will increase as more service users become eligible for funding.

  • Issues of Accessibility – Reflow

    Luke Canvin

    In our last accessibility article we looked at the requirement to be able to resize text up to 200% and how to deal with any resulting issues. One of the challenges presented when resizing text is how to reflow the content to adjust to a larger text size. In this latest article we will look specifically at the requirement to reflow content.​​​​​​​

  • Mauro Data Mapper

    Rachael Bartholomew

    Metadata management with Mauro Data Mapper Data has overtaken oil as the most valuable resource in the global economy, with veritable data megaliths such as Apple and Amazon ranked in the top 5 most powerful companies in the world.   Data is relevant in every single market sector. Businesses utilise information they collect to Understand customers betterImprove internal processesAccurately predict market trends Data on its own is not useful unless the context and meaning is clear. Without additional contextual information (known[...]

  • 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[...]