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Top Five Web Accessibility Pitfalls from our W3C Representative Dr Scott Hollier

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This month, our W3C representative Dr Scott Hollier draws inspiration from the plethora of accessibility misinformation to write about his Top Five Web Accessibility Pitfalls.

The web accessibility world is plagued by accessibility myths and misinformation, with the latest to draw the attention of the W3C accessibility community being Essential Accessibility, a software package that claims to solve all your accessibility problems.

In this month’s W3C column, Dr Hollier discusses the shortcomings of these so-called ‘silver-bullet’ accessibility solutions along with these other common pitfalls:

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Accessibility Summit brings accessibility experts live to a computer near you

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The second annual Accessibility Summit conference will be held on 27 September, streaming leading web accessibility experts online to attendees around the world.

Held from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm US central time, the conference will be streamed live with time for asking questions directly to the speaker. Attendees can also chat with other attendees.

Sessions include:


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ACCAN funds Media Access Australia’s social media accessibility project

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) today announced that Media Access Australia’s social media accessibility project will be among six to receive funding under the ACCAN Grants Scheme for 2011.

The Media Access Australia project will provide practical resources for people with disabilities on how to overcome accessibility issues with social media and effectively use social media for a variety of purposes.

Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley said, "This project is much needed. Everybody wants to engage in social media and this is especially important for people with disabilities, some of whom are restricted in social opportunities."


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Vodafone Foundation Accessibility Awards promote apps for disabled and elderly

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Vodafone Foundation has launched a competition to promote the development of software applications that improve the lives of people with disabilities, and older people.

The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, supported and co-organised by AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, will award the best Android 2.2+ application based on four criteria: social participation, independent living, mobility and wellbeing.

Each entry will be assessed on effectiveness, availability and affordability, user friendliness, usability and accessibility, and universal design.


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