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RE: Creating personas for WAI site redesign

From: Howard Leicester <howard_leicester@btconnect.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:32:58 +0100
To: "'Patrick H. Lauke'" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <008d01d1c67b$f13aba90$d3b02fb0$@btconnect.com>
The UK folk, developing BS8878, identified personnas.

Fine iif these need to be 'refined'.

But my, blind and deaf, view is:

We don't have a very clear way forward.

I mean no harm, But a more coordinated approach, from the UK or elsewhere, might be nice!

I actually see this going on via WAI/Education and Outreach.

But our 'Interest Group' discussions seem to counteract that work.

My key theme, though, is:

* Do we have a solid case and facilities to make it happen in the first place?

If not, we should continue pushing!

Extra best,
Howard (Leicester, UK).


-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick H. Lauke [mailto:redux@splintered.co.uk] 
Sent: 14 June 2016 20:36
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Creating personas for WAI site redesign

On 14/06/2016 17:31, Mike Elledge wrote:
>Personas include demographic information and  descriptions of behavior. 
>It will be munched together to describe  several fictitious persons 
>that designers can keep in mind so that their  needs aren't overlooked.
>
> [...] but you all
> might have at least googled "personas" before taking her to task.

Assuming the "you all" also included me...

Leaving aside the spying/NSA thing (which derailed the original point), the issue of gender is a valid one, and one that deserves care and sensitivity (just the same way that I note there's no question about ethnic background, religion, etc?). In relation to personas, see for instances
https://medium.com/@indiyoung/describing-personas-af992e3fc527#.ydxwxw1j7

Anyway, I'll leave it at that. The survey's been at least modified away from a binary male/female, which some people may find inappropriate/restrictive, which is at least a start, thanks.

P
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