One of the most engaging pieces of content that we publish regularly on Access iQ, is a monthly column written by our own Digital Accessibility Director, Dr Scott Hollier. Beginning in August 2010 on the Media Access Australia website, Scott on a monthly basis shares his perspective on the web accessibility space and the happenings of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as emerging issues and future trends. His column has continued to grow in audience, and in 2015, his columns were read more than 6,000 times.
We’ve compiled the top five W3C columns from this year that you engaged with the most.
Fresh off legal action against supermarket giant Coles over website inaccessibility was settled, in his March column Scott reviewed the case, provided a comparison to past legal action in Australia, and shared two key lessons for organisations to consider.
Scott’s June column was a mythbuster; breaking down the barriers of the (often correctly misperceived) high cost of including accessibility in your web development, and showing that it’s not as difficult as it sometimes looks.
Imagine that. An accessible toaster! In his August column, Scott looked at the emerging trend of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the potential new technology has to improve accessibility for everyone.
After the conclusion of the National Transition Strategy, an Australian government initiated web accessibility and inclusion policy, Scott looked at the next steps for government compliance, and reemphasised that web accessibility is still mandatory for all websites in Australia.
One of the most common barriers to producing accessible web content is the publishing of PDFs. Reviewing discussion that was happening within the web accessibility community, Scott weighed up both sides of the debate and highlighted the importance of needing to find new ways to make PDFs accessible.