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CSU cautions use of Google apps due to accessibility issues


A report by the Accessible Technology Initiative at California State University has cautioned US universities on campus-wide adoption of Google’s Apps for Education based on the accessibility issues found in these products.

The ATI Google Apps Accessibility Evaluation Project tested the accessibility of Gmail Chat, Google Calendar, Google Sites and Google Docs using automated, manual and user testing with screen readers.

The report showed a number of accessibility issues are present in the Google Apps suite, and based on these results made the following recommendations:

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Ofcom publishes 2012 TV access requirements


Ofcom, the UK media and communications regulator, has published its mid-year statement on 2012 TV access requirements, requiring increased captioning and audio description across UK television channels.

The statement, ‘Television channels required to provide access services in 2012’, has the following outcomes for 2012:

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UK travel company websites fall short on basic accessibility

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An investigation into the accessibility of the top ten UK travel company websites has shown that none of these websites met the most basic level of accessibility, with Ryanair providing the poorest accessibility to customers.

Nomensa, a digital agency specialising in online user experience, web accessibility and web design, assessed two pages, the homepage and the customer support or help page from each website against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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Media Access Australia staff to judge accessibility compliance for Australian Web Awards


Media Access Australia staff members Dr Scott Hollier and Sarah Pulis will judge the accessibility compliance of candidate websites and mobile applications for the Australian Web Awards 2011.

Dr Hollier, Major Projects Manager for Media Access Australia is one of Australia’s leading accessibility experts. He has completed a PhD entitled The Disability Divide: an examination into the needs of computing and Internet-related technologies on people who are blind or vision impaired.

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