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Simplifying the web accessibility message – reflections on CSUN 2012

A few weeks ago, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to San Diego for the CSUN 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, commonly known as CSUN 2012. 

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What is YouTube

YouTube is a popular video sharing website. It contains a variety of user-generated videos including user reviews of products and short original videos. YouTube also has a range of professionally created content including clips from television shows and commercials, movie clips and music videos. Users who visit the YouTube website can view these videos, but only people who have registered with the website can put videos online.

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The inner workings of WAI: an interview with Shadi Abou-Zahra

To kick off the new year, it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to present this interview with Shadi Abou-Zahra, a person who is uniquely placed to provide a personal insight into the inner workings of the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). For those who may not have heard of Shadi, he is based in Vienna, Austria and is extremely dedicated to supporting the online access needs of people with disabilities through his work in WAI.

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W3C WAI news: Calls for feedback on WAI-ARIA, multimedia accessibility and updated WCAG 2.0 Techniques

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets the standard for websites to reach in order to be accessible for people with disabilities. The international body has issued a number of updates relating to its accessibility work, including a call for review of the WAI-ARIA 1.0 Use Agent Implementation Guide, updated WCAG 2.0 Techniques and a first draft of the Media Accessibility User Requirements.

The first working draft of the WAI-AIRA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide, which describes how browsers and other user agents should support WAI-ARIA (the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification), has been released. The guide explains how to expose WAI-ARIA features to platform accessibility APIs. This is a final request and feedback needs to be provided by 17 February 2012.

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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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