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


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


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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Leading online video provider Netflix sued for not captioning videos


The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is suing Netflix, the largest provider of on-demand video in the US, for failing to provide captions on most of its titles.

With over 23 million members in the US and Canada, Netflix, Inc. is the world's leading internet subscription service provider for films and TV shows. Yet, despite repeated requests from the NAD since 2009, only about 5% of Netflix’s streaming titles are captioned, with the company blaming the delay on technical difficulties.

“For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, captions are like ramps for people with wheelchairs,” said the association’s lawyer, Arlene Mayerson. 

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ACCAN funds Media Access Australia’s social media accessibility project


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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