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Captioned video files now supported in PowerPoint

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Two new Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility Add-ins have been released, one to add closed captions to video and audio files included in a PowerPoint presentation, and the other to save a Word 2010 file in DAISY format.

For the first time, you can add closed captions to video and audio files included in your PowerPoint presentation using the new Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP).


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Welcome to our new website

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We have now launched our new website merging our previous sites, mediaaccess.org.au and audiodescription.com.au. 

CEO of Media Access Australia, Alex Varley said, “Media Access Australia’s core business is about accessibility. We are out there talking to the community, to business and government about the need for accessible websites and our new site shows it can be achieved. Many people won’t see the accessibility features and that is the point. They are there for the people that need them and you don’t need to put a big label highlighting an accessibility feature, it is part and parcel of standard website design which includes everybody.”


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Media Access Australia attends world’s largest non-profit technology conference

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Media Access Australia’s New Media Manager Sarah Pulis is tomorrow heading off to Washington DC for the Non-profit Technology Conference, after winning a scholarship for her commitment to access to technology and social media.

Pulis is one of three non-profit staff in Australia who won the Connecting Up Australia scholarship for the conference, which will take place from 17 to 19 March. The event promotes international communication with other non-profit organisations from around the world, and interaction with the latest in technological developments. 


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Free and low-cost screen reader use increases according to survey

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WebAIM has released the results from its third screen reader user survey conducted in December 2010.

The latest survey, with 1245 valid responses, was a follow-up to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up survey from October 2009.

The survey showed that the usage of free and low-cost screen readers such as NVDA and VoiceOver has increased significantly since the last survey.

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