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Legal and Ethical Issues in Web Design

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Legal and Ethical Issues in Web Design

WAI Guidelines:

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is an effort to improve the accessibility of the World Wide Web (WWW or Web) for people with disabilities. People with disabilities may encounter difficulties when using computers generally, but also on the Web. Since people with disabilities often require non-standard devices and browsers, making websites more accessible also benefits a wide range of user agents and devices, including mobile devices, which have limited resources.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Accessibility_Initiative

 

Copyright and the Internet:

Online copyright infringement involves the wrongful copying of something in an online context. In the UK, the law of copyright is set out in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The key issue is usually whether what is taken is a “substantial” copy of the original work, which can be measured in terms of quality, as well as quantity. In order to qualify for copyright protection under UK law, a work (which can include a digital work such as a web page) has to be original and to comprise a degree of labour, skill or judgment.

Source: http://www.adlexsolicitors.co.uk/online-copyright-infringement.htm

 

EU Cookie Law:

The Cookie Law is a new piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to obtain consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer or any other web connected device, like a smartphone or tablet.

 

It has been designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected by websites, and enable them to choose whether or not they want to allow it to take place.

 

It started as an EU Directive that was adopted by all EU countries on May 26th 2011.  At the same time the UK updated its Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which brought the EU Directive it into UK law.

 

There was a one year grace period in the UK, which ran out in May 2012.

 

Each EU member state has done or is doing the same thing. Although they all have their own approach and interpretation, the basic requirements of the directive remain the same.

Source: http://www.cookielaw.org/the-cookie-law.aspx

 

New Copyright Law in the UK

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act was passed by Parliament in April 2013.

Photographs or other creative works can be used without the owners’ explicit permission as long as a “diligent search” has taken place.

For the first time, these “orphan works” – as they are known – can be licensed for commercial or non-commercial use.

However, in order to do so, the company in question would have to prove to an independent body that a “diligent search” to find and approach the copyright holder had taken place without success.

If the body is satisfied there has been a sufficient search, it would then allow the company to pay a license fee to use the material.

This money is then to be held by the independent body, and can be claimed by the rights holder should they come forward at a later date.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22337406

 

 

 

 

Website Production – Needle Exchange

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My prototype website, “Needle Exchange” is complete.

 

HOME

My Home Page has links to YouTube videos. I wanted to put the videos on the home page as this is unusual and it creates a lively, dynamic site right from the first landing.

My navigation buttons are at the bottom and I spent a long time making them animate nicely when pressed.

The page also has three blocks at the top, which do not currently link anywhere, but do have the potential to link to other parts of the site, as it grown.

I used cheeky phrases, coupled with cute pastel colouring to provide interest and irony.

 

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PATTERNS

The next page I created is the pattern page.

I needed to produce an anchor and back to top links, so I was forced to set out the page differently to how I would prefer.

I wanted to make the section boxes on the patterns page link to new pages, each featuring patterns for that section, but this would not provide me with the need for an anchor link and back to top link, so I put everything on the same page, floated the navigation at the bottom of the page (which I do not like) and back to top links at each section.

As a result, the page does not look as I would prefer it, but it does meet the brief set in the project.

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At the top. I made a slider showing books. These link to Amazon.

 

CONTACT

The final page I created is the contact page.

This is a working contact page, which will send straight to my email. I have added an option to attach a file, so that users could submit content for the page.

I realize there are security issues with this, but I have not at this point addressed them.

 

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I have added meta tags to the page, describing the content and created a favicon using online software:

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There is room to expand the site to include a “forum” and “projects” page, which I will do with the next project.