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Low vision people often disregarded online


An American academic has claimed that the web experience for people who are vision impaired is suffering because they are being mistakenly grouped together with blind people when it comes to accessibility.

In an article discussing the myths about low vision, Wayne Dick, Professor of Computer Science at California State University, argues that advocacy groups, governments, institutions and even the W3C WCAG Working Group focus on the accommodations necessary for people who are blind to the exclusion of the needs of people with vision impairment.

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YouTube captions boost SEO


Adding captions to a YouTube video can improve your search engine optimisation and increase your audience to include the Deaf and hearing impaired, those learning English and those wishing to view your video without sound (e.g. in a noisy or busy environment).

By captioning your YouTube video, Google can index not only the title, description and tags of your YouTube video, but also the video content. This increases your search ranking, and the likelihood that your video will appear higher in Google and YouTube search results. This also results in more relevant ads in YouTube videos.

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96% of Estonian Government websites inaccessible


An article on the Estonian Public Broadcasting news website has reported that only 4% of Estonian government webpages are accessible to people with disabilities.

According to Estonian Television, the inaccessibility of most governmental websites is caused by inaccurate coding practice. Although the minister has advised that all webpages be made accessible, there are no legal regulations enforcing this.

Website owners are claiming their webpages have been developed in accordance with web accessibility standards, however most of the content is inaccessible to people who are blind or vision impaired.

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Victorian Government releases access guidelines for colour blindness


The Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development has developed guidelines to improve access to visual materials for people with colour blindness.

‘Communicating data with Colour’ is an aid for graphic designers, cartographers and others who are required to use colour to convey visual information in an accessible way.

Colour blindness affects 8% of men (1 in 12) and up to 1% of women. Colour accessibility ensures that visual information is legible for people with colour blindness.

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