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US court rules that football games must be fully captioned

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American football team the Washington Redskins are now required to caption all game content broadcast over public address systems, including song lyrics.

Last week the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling, stating that song lyrics contributed to the general atmosphere of the games, therefore all people, including those who are Deaf or hearing impaired, must be able to access them.


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Firefox 4 released with improved accessibility

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Mozilla has released a significant upgrade to its web browser with Firefox 4.

Firefox promotes itself to be faster and easier to use and is now available for download. Regular Firefox users may not notice much of an improvement over Firefox 3, but this is due to Mozilla constantly updating its web browser in incremental steps, rather than having a big release like the recent release of Internet Explorer 9

The browser experience may not appear significantly different, however the interface is far more accessible, having been simplified in the following ways:

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Apple iPad 2 launches in Australia today

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The Apple iPad 2 will be launched in Australia at 5pm AEDT this afternoon.

The reduced weight of the new model and the $50 price cut makes the new iPad 2 an attractive, accessible device for people with disabilities.

The accessibility features of the new iPad are similar to those in the current version with many options to support the needs of people with disabilities including:

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Adobe ‘Project Wallaby’ converts Flash into HTML

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Adobe Labs has released an experimental technology designed to convert Flash animation files into HTML, potentially improving their accessibility.

Wallaby was designed particularly for devices that do not support Flash such as the iPhone and iPad.

Wallaby works by first converting the Flash animation to HTML, then allowing the content to be edited with an appropriate authoring tool, such as Dreamweaver. The output can be viewed using most modern web browsers.


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