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UK website opens up accessibility discussion

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A new website created by the eAccessibility Forum in the UK will give people the opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences with web accessibility. This will be used to advise government and industry across the UK on how they can design and develop websites that are accessible to people with a disability.

The eAccessibility Forum is a coalition made up of government, industry and voluntary bodies, working to ensure people who are disabled in the UK have equal access to information and technology. Launched by the UK Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey, the website is part of the eAccessibility Forum’s web accessibility initiative and will inform the eAccessibility Action Plan.

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Government health information made more accessible

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The Senior Executive of The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Alison Verhoeven, has spoken at the recent Govt. 2.0 Conference at the National Convention Centre in Canberra about the accessibility of health data on the government’s MyHospital website, and the challenge of presenting complex and varied data in a consistent way.

Part of the government’s implementation of the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS), Verhoeven said the MyHospital website was user-friendly and in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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Canadian Government launches new standard on web accessibility

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 The Canadian Government has announced that all public facing government websites will comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG) 2.0 level AA. The new requirements came into effect on 1 August 2011 and will be implemented in three phases over two years.

The Standard on Web Accessibility outlines the requirements for government departments, and is supported by a guidance document outlining specific deliverables, tools and solutions. The Government suggested that the departments start implementing the guidelines immediately, giving priority to core content and most important information.

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Quick reference: accessibility requirements for online audio and video

The purpose of Guideline 1.2 of WCAG 2.0 is to provide access to time-based media and synchronised media for people with disabilities by providing an alternative format.

This has ramifications for those who work with all online video and audio content, including:

  • audio-only
  • video-only
  • audio-video
  • audio and/or video with interaction

The media types are also separated in pre-recorded and live media.

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