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European languages added to YouTube’s auto-captioning

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YouTube has this week announced automatic captions will now be available in another six languages across the video sharing network. YouTube has added its auto-captioning tool for videos in German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian and Dutch. The feature is already available in English, Japanese, Spanish and Korean.

While this is good news, YouTube’s automatic captions are notoriously inaccurate. They rely on Google’s voice recognition technology which is unreliable, particularly when there is background noise, music or unusual accents.

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sociABILITY translated into Hungarian

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Our sociABILITY: Social media for people with a disability resource has been made available to people in Hungary through the Australian Embassy’s Public Diplomacy Program. To celebrate International Day of Persons with Disability, the Australian Ambassador to Hungary will give a translated version of the resource to the President of the Hungarian Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired in Budapest on Monday.

Funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network and first launched in March, sociABILITY helps people with sensory or mobility impairment overcome the accessibility barriers found in six of the world’s most popular social networking tools. The report and tip sheets guide people through getting started on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype and blogging.

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Media Access Australia named internet award finalist

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Media Access Australia’s sociABILITY: social media for people with a disability project has been named a finalist in the Australia New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs).

The project, which was published in March, guides people with vision impairment, hearing impairment or restricted mobility into getting started on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype and blogging tools. In particular, sociABILITY guides users through overcoming access barriers when using assistive technology such as a screen reader.

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Inaccessibility even faster: Facebook’s latest update

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Facebook's latest app update has improved the speed of the software but has failed to increase the app's accessibility, and made performing some tasks impossible for blind users.

According to Facebook, newsfeed updates will load faster and actions such as commenting and clicking 'like' will be updated in real time. However, our testing of the updated app on an iPhone 4S shows a number of features that are still inaccessible using VoiceOver.

Some of the new accessibility barriers include:

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