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UK travel company websites fall short on basic accessibility

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An investigation into the accessibility of the top ten UK travel company websites has shown that none of these websites met the most basic level of accessibility, with Ryanair providing the poorest accessibility to customers.

Nomensa, a digital agency specialising in online user experience, web accessibility and web design, assessed two pages, the homepage and the customer support or help page from each website against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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Media Access Australia staff to judge accessibility compliance for Australian Web Awards


Media Access Australia staff members Dr Scott Hollier and Sarah Pulis will judge the accessibility compliance of candidate websites and mobile applications for the Australian Web Awards 2011.

Dr Hollier, Major Projects Manager for Media Access Australia is one of Australia’s leading accessibility experts. He has completed a PhD entitled The Disability Divide: an examination into the needs of computing and Internet-related technologies on people who are blind or vision impaired.

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W3C calls for review of WCAG supporting documents


The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has announced a Call for Review of updates to two supporting documents for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. 

The draft documents being reviewed are:

These documents are not the WCAG 2.0 standard itself, but rather supporting documents to provide guidance to developers as to how the standards can be adopted.

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Accessibility a judging criteria for Australian Web Awards


The Australian Web Awards 2011 is now open for submissions from Australian websites or mobile applications that have been newly created or significantly redesigned in the last financial year, with accessibility a key consideration for judges.

Run since 2009 by the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA), the awards showcase outstanding work by Australian web designers and developers in diverse categories.

Accessibility constitutes one of the key selection criteria that judges use to evaluate sites in both stages of the competition. It is considered as part of an inclusive design process and all submissions must have a reasonable degree of compliance. In addition, a special prize is awarded for the Best Overall Accessibility in the final stage. 

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