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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has provided a statement on the accessibility of Encrypted Media Extension (EME) to help alleviate concerns that accessibility issues may occur for Assistive Technologies (AT) as a result of the implementation of EME.
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Date: 10 Apr 2017
The first WCAG 2.1 draft has finally been released! But what could the current changes mean for people with disabilities and web accessibility auditors? Media Access Australia's Senior Digital Accessibility Analyst, Matthew Putland, investigates
This year Perth is featuring accessibility front-and-centre, as the Web for All (W4A) 2017 conference comes to town in April, co-located with the International World Wide Web 2017 (WWW2017) conference. Before W4A arrives, a terrific accessibility event will be held on 8 February – the Perth Web Accessibity Camp.
Accessibility professionals and people with disabilities have argued for years about the actual benefits of having a sequential/logical heading order in a webpage, and whether or not the issue fails or should fail the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). So let’s take a fresh look at the issue.
The OZeWAI (Web content Adaptability Initiative in Australia) Accessibility Conference 2016 was staged from 28 to 30 November in Canberra and is Australia’s longest-running conference focussing specifically on technology access for people with disabilities.
International plans for the early adoption of 3.6GHz for 5G services has led the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to bring forward public discussion of the use of this part of the spectrum. You can have your say by sending a submission before 25 November 2016.
Google Chrome has taken a striking lead in popularity, but is this reflective of how people with disabilities view the browser? Media Access Australia’s Matthew Putland investigates.
Pokémon Go offers a gaming experience unlike any other, for most players. However, as an accessibility specialist, my first interest in the game wasn’t so much in terms of how good it was as a game, but whether or not people with disabilities would actually be able to play it.
As Google and Apple slug it out to see which one has the biggest app store, new research shows that just about half of US smartphone users never download any apps at all.
After initial difficulties primarily with iPhone updates of the new iOS 10 mobile operating system that Apple launched at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on 12 September 2016, the tech giant has stated that the problems have been solved and that the iOS 10 system upgrade is now issue-free.
It’s an internet truism that ‘Content is king’. And it is, assuming your audience can read it. But what if they can’t? Standard screen readers for people with a visual impairment struggle with things like text over pictures – something the internet has in bulk. They also don’t do well with pictures that don’t have alt text.
Dates and venue for the ‘Web content Adaptability Initiative in Australia' (OZeWAI) have been confirmed and will be held in Canberra on 28-30 November 2016. It’s Australia’s longest-running conference focussing specifically on technology access for people with disabilities.
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Date: 8 Aug 2016
The W3C Media Extensions Working Group are currently developing an Encrypted Media Extension which has raised concerns for disability groups due to its potential restrictions on access to online media content for people with disabilities.
Read the latest Access iQ July 2016 review newsletter right here on the website.
Yoast SEO, a popular Wordpress plugin to enhance a website’s SEO visibility on search engines, has released a new update. This new update puts the focus on accessibility with a number of small changes that are likely to make a big impact to those who require specialist features when developing websites.
The 30 May AiQ Digest offers the latest web accessibility news, features and upcoming events.
  • Author: Access iQ ®
  • Date: 30 Jun 2016
Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed a new tool in order to simulate user accessibility when designing accessible ICT-based applications for users with cognitive impairment.
  • Author: Michaela Slade
  • Date: 30 Jun 2016
Would you like to be a judge, or do you know a suitably qualified professional who would like to, for this year’s Australian Web Awards? Applications are now open if you or anyone else that you know is interested in applying.
  • Author: Michaela Slade
  • Date: 20 Jun 2016
At the beginning of the month, three years since its proposal, it was agreed that public sector web accessibility will now become a legal requirement in Europe; an improvement that will make a huge impact on the community and create a shift in the roles and skills of web developers.
  • Author: Michaela Slade
  • Date: 26 May 2016
A new accessibility event held in Perth last night featured some amazing talks and demonstrations, including some new and improved accessible modal windows and carousels.

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