Media Access Australia at the World Wide Web Conference

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Monday, 13 May 2013 10:43am

Dr Scott Hollier, our manager of major projects, is presenting a paper at the 22nd International World Wide Web conference in Brazil today. Presented with co-lecturer Associate Professor Denise Wood, the paper looks into how the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility addresses the shortfall in accessibility knowledge in Australia.

The annual World Wide Web Conference, opened by Tim Berners-Lee, brings together professionals at the forefront of the web. Web For All (W4A) is a stream within the conference which focuses specifically on how web content can be made available to everyone regardless of disability. In its tenth year, W4A will look at how accessibility holds an increasingly prominent place within the future of the web.

Hollier and Wood’s paper, ‘Bring your own problems’: The path to WCAG 2.0 conformance through industry based training looks at how Australian governments are moving towards conformance with international accessibility standards. The paper states that there is a shortfall in accessibility knowledge amongst web development and design professionals working on government sites.

“While things are changing slowly, most developers and designers are completing their training without exposure to accessibility practice,” said Dr Hollier. “Our course offers a gateway for web professionals into accessibility, equipping them for government and high-profile corporate work.

“The conference provides an opportunity to share information on how a tertiary course can be created and implemented based on web accessibility standards, and how accessibility can be incorporated into government and business practice.”

Twitter users can listen in on W4A proceedings using the #W4A13 hashtag.

Find out more about the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility.

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