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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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Victorian Government endorses web accessibility standards

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The Victorian Government has released an update to its Accessibility Standard that requires all Victorian Government websites to conform to the latest version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

The Standard derives from the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy that was released by the Australian Government in 2010.

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W3C updates accessibility guidelines

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global regulatory body for the web, has recently updated a number of their working draft standards. A series of documents within its Web Accessibility Initiative have been progressed, with updates to the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0, User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) and draft documents released by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Evaluation Taskforce (Eval TF).

The ATAG Working Group has published updated Working Drafts of ATAG 2.0 and the companion document Implementing ATAG 2.0 which define how authoring tools can help developers produce accessible web content that conforms to WCAG 2.0. It also defines how to make authoring tools accessible to people with disabilities.

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WCAG 2.0 ‘AAA’ – Is it worth it?

The adoption of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards has been a great success, with many governments around the world either implementing or committing to implement them over the coming years. 

While most agree in principle that WCAG 2.0 should be implemented, there is considerable debate about the level to which the guidelines should be implemented. Generally the debate is between the minimal ‘A’ standard or the more comprehensive ‘AA’.

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