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Google launches live captions on YouTube at Google I/O

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For the first time, people who are Deaf or hearing impaired can watch the live video stream of Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, with live captions.

YouTube launched its live captioning feature with the Google I/O live video stream today. According to Naomi Black, Google’s Technical Program Manager for Accessibility Engineering, the feature will be available to all YouTube partners including competing live streaming websites.


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Latest W3C column looks at web browser and screen reader compatibility

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The latest W3C column from Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier examines 2011’s updates to web browsers and screen readers and what the best options are for screen reader users.

This year has seen major technology releases with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and Mozilla Firefox 4 and updates to screen readers NVDA and JAWS.

Most updates are linked to developments in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organisation responsible for making web standards such as HTML, the code that makes web pages possible. 

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US telephone relay service provider launches web-based relay service

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Purple Communications, Inc., a US provider of telephone relay services, has released a new service called ClearCaptions™ that displays near real-time captions of telephone calls via the Internet.

Users of ClearCaptions can view the captions via web browsers or on a dedicated application installed on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

For more information, visit the ClearCaptions website, view a short video tour on ClearCaptions or download the ClearCaptions app from the iTunes store.

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RNIB video shows impact of eBooks for the blind and vision impaired

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the United Kingdom has released a YouTube video that talks about the impact that eBooks and eBook readers have on the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.

An eBook is an electronic version of a print book that can be read on an eReader, which is a specific device for viewing eBooks, or other portable devices such as tablets and smartphones.

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