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YouTube admits automatic captions have a way to go

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Google’s YouTube has admitted that it needs to work harder to provide better quality automatic captions for content uploaded to its video streaming service.

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In comments made to the BBC, YouTube said that, while it believed having automatic captioning for video content was better than have no captioning at all, there was still plenty of room for improvement.


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YouTube embraces HTML5

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The accessibility of Google’s YouTube video service looks set to improve thanks to the recent decision by the internet giant to abandon Adobe’s Flash technology in favour of the fifth and final version of the Hyper Text Markup Language, HTML5.

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In a recent blog post, YouTube Engineering Manager Richard Leider wrote that this was largely due to a maturing of HTML5—a core technology underpinning the web, and as at late 2014, an official Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation.


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Virtual reality (VR): Accessing its potential

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Virtual reality (VR) is coming closer to realisation and mainstream adoption, opening up both potential and pitfalls for people with disabilities.

Young boy using an Oculus Rift HD Prototype headset and headphones. Image credit: Skydeas, Wikipedia Commons

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Accessible documents and automated tools

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Media Access Australia spoke to Dr Jason Guo, Systems Architect and Web Developer at XiNG Digital, ahead of his presentation on using an automated content uploader to help create accessible documents at OPC IT’s web xChange event. Jason will be co-presenting with Bobby Graham, Digital Publishing Consultant at Bobby Graham Publishers.

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Lloyds Banking Group on implementing web accessibility

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Media Access Australia spoke to Graeme Whippy, Senior Disability Manager at Lloyds Banking Group about how to build a business case for web accessibility, turning WCAG into a workable standard, and how to implement a web accessibility project.

Graeme Whippy, Senior Disability Manager at Lloyds Banking Group


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Social media, cloud show signs of improved access

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The accessibility of social media and the cloud are beginning to mature, but access issues remain for people with disabilities, Media Access Australia’s resident web accessibility expert Dr Scott Hollier says.

Dr Scott Hollier's 'Accessible consumer technologies and the cloud' presentation at VisAbility's Tech Outlook 2014


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Westpac banking app inaccessible: Former Disability Commissioner

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Former Australian Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes is lodging a complaint against major Australian bank Westpac due to the alleged inaccessibility of its mobile banking application.

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In a blog post, Innes claimed that as the result of an upgrade to Westpac’s online banking platform several months ago, including changes to its banking app, he could no longer bank via his iPhone.


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Legal action against Coles over website accessibility

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Legal proceedings have begun against supermarket chain Coles over the accessibility of its online shopping service, with users reporting that they cannot buy groceries online.

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The claim was lodged earlier this week by Gisele Mesnage, who has a vision impairment. Due to complex navigation, it has reportedly taken Ms Mesnage up to eight hours to complete an order online. The action follows a complaint being made through the Australian Human Rights Commission, which was unable to be resolved.


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Awards recognise accessible websites

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Australian web users stand to benefit from increased access to websites thanks to the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) 2014 Web Awards.

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The Australian Web Awards, to be held on 1 November in Sydney, showcases outstanding work by Australian web designers and developers and their adoption of web standards that help make sites accessible to people with disabilities. The awards are sponsored by Media Access Australia in the Government category.


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