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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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Inclusive design and improving access for people with visual impairments

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In the UK, young people aged 16-25 who have a vision impairment are twice as likely as others their age not to be in employment, education or training.

Rachel Hewett, Research Fellow at the Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham, is researching whether a greater focus on inclusive design might help improve access to information, and so improve access to employment, education and training.

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Planning for an accessible new school year

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With the new school year comes the promise and excitement of many challenges, not the least of which is how to ensure teaching and learning resources are accessible to students.

Primary school aged students sitting on ground, teacher sitting behind the students, smiling

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Deloitte reveals media, technology predictions

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Consultancy firm Deloitte has released its predictions into major technology, communications and media trends for 2015.

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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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Intel offers glimpse of emerging accessible technologies

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Computer chip manufacturer Intel has revealed new technologies it is working on which will make devices such as smart phones, tablets and PCs more accessible to people with disabilities.

Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich demonstrating Intel RealSense during his keynote speech at CES 2015. Image credit: Intel


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Accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014

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Looking for that special something for that special someone—a Christmas present that is both accessible and awesome? Look no further than Media Access Australia’s guide on accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014.

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iTunes $30, $20 and $50 gift cards


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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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Access 2020 predicting the future – five experts, 20 ideas

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A highlight of the recent the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin was a panel presentation speculating about what access might look like in the year 2020.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley presenting at the Languages & The Media Conference 2014. Credit: ICWE GmbH / Mark Bollhorst

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