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Latest W3C column looks at evaluation tools for auditing website accessibility

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This month’s W3C column from Dr Scott Hollier, representative of Media Access Australia on the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is out.

Dr Hollier looks at the recent work of the W3C in making it easier for people to check if websites are accessible for people with disabilities. This work includes the creation of the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 Schemato help web developers, and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force(Eval TF)to create a methodology for accessibility evaluation.


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BBC trials MyDisplay web customisation tool

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The BBC is currently trialling web customisation tool MyDisplay, designed to improve the accessibility of the BBC website for people with a disability.

A cloud-based tool, MyDisplay allows visitors to the BBC website to set up a theme tailored to their particular access needs, which is then applied across any of the three million BBC web pages the user visits. 

The theme can include modifications to the text size, font style, colours and page structure. If users do not wish to customise their own theme, pre-defined themes are also offered in the categories of Limited vision, Asperger’s, ADHD, Dyslexia, Easier to read or BBC original. Once a theme has been created or selected it can be saved using a BBC account.


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Australian Government seeks Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer

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The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) is advertising for an Executive Level 1 – Senior Web Accessibility Policy Officer.

AGIMO, which is part of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, is tasked with delivering the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy – a strategy that requires government websites to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.  

The strategy requires all Federal, State, and Territory government websites to conform to the Single A level of the WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2012.  All Commonwealth Government websites must conform to the Double A level of WCAG 2.0 by the end of 2014.


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NBC Learn captions educational videos to include all learners

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NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News in the US, has announced that it will provide closed captioning on educational videos available on NBCLearn.com, an online resource for teachers and students in the US.

NBC Learn offers video resources from NBC news (the news branch of American television network NBC), documentaries and other teaching aids for use in the classroom.

Captions have proven literacy benefits for all students. They are essential for Deaf and hearing impaired students and can boost comprehension for ESL students, struggling readers and children with a learning disability.


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