The Digital Agency for International Development

Entries for June 2010

The (ongoing) need for speed

13 years ago Jakob Nielsen wrote an important article stating that one of the most significant factors in web usability is speed. Now he has to say it again.

By Alan Jackson on 21 June 2010

Simulating low bandwidth: Publishers for Development

We think that academic publishing is an area that's both critically important to development, and simultaneously becoming more and more inaccessible to the people who need it most. The average size of web pages has been growing much faster than the average speed of connections in developing countries. We built a low bandwidth simulator ourselves, and took it to INASP and the ACU's Publishers for Development conference in Oxford to persuade the journal publishers to optimize their sites to make them accessible to everyone.

By Chris Wilson on 08 June 2010