Openness and Accessibility

Openness:

Open sourcing is the process of making intellectual property freely available on the Internet. Should you do this?

Internet Metaphor

Why?

One advantage is the ability to solicit help from people with similar interests. Beyond that the interests of a wide variety of stakeholders are potentially served by being able to access and influence both the result and the intermediate materials of the project. Open source also helps establish persistence, and grow market demand for new products that have not yet reached production quality.

How?

Any Internet-enabled publishing media can be used to open source a project. Different types of projects are optimal for different systems, but generally most integrate some kind of revision control and management. Many of the more popular systems are based on the git revision control system. There are several public vendors that host git projects for free, such as gitlab and bitbucket, but it is also fairly trivial to self host. There are hundreds of resources available to help open-source developers, and it is best to carefully consider the needs of your project before searching out a solution.

Accessibility:

Optimizing content for persons with disabilities has a number of unexpected “curb cutting” benefits.

Why?

Developing content with accessibility in mind, will also optimize your content for indexing. So it is a form of SEO. Careful attention to accessibility can accelerate media consumption which may reduce bandwidth consumption. It can provide clearification for errors, translation into different languages and improve viewership.

How?

Generally this is accomplished on the web by carefully avoiding bad formatting, and using an accessible development style (compositionally speaking). However there are a number of free and commercial evaluation tools that will help determine compliance. A good place to start would be by looking into those tools recommended by the W3C who is generally regarded as an administrative authority over hypertext standards. The W3C maintains a list of web accessibility evaluation tools to help you.

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