Monday June 7 2010

Makerere lecturer designs software for PWDs

By Flavia Nalubega

Kampala

A Makerere University lecturer has designed web accessibility guidelines that can be used by web developers creating software for the blind and deaf.

Dr Rehema Baguma of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology has developed guidelines that can help people with disabilities to access Web applications like e-learning, e-commerce and e-government without the help of a guide.

There have been standards in place to help guide web developers for systems targeting the disabled but Dr Baguma says, “Majority of the available accessibility guidelines are difficult to integrate into existing developer workflows and rarely offer specific suggestions that are developer oriented.”

Dr Baguma told Daily Monitor the new guidelines are packaged to take into consideration all necessities of web applications which include content, navigation and user interface. Her target group includes all those who may naturally or artificially be destructed from using the web. Dr Baguma developed this sofware while pursuing her doctorate at Raboud University in Netherlands.

advertisement