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Adobe Creative Suite 5 updates Dreamweaver accessibility

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Adobe released Adobe Creative Suite 5 today and with it comes a new version of Adobe Dreamweaver, CS5, that includes new features to assist with creating accessible websites such as integrated support for content management system frameworks, full integration with Adobe BrowserLab that lets you examine your website in different web browsers  and even easier set-up of new websites.

One of the main improvements to Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 is better support for PHP-based content management system (CMS) frameworks such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. These CMS frameworks allow you to build dynamic web sites, and they are often extremely popular with individuals or community-based sites – in fact, the Media Access Australia web site is built with Joomla!


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The new Opera Mini iPhone app disappoints on accessibility

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It is with great disappointment that upon downloading the fastest web browser for the iPhone, the highly anticipated Opera Mini, we find that neither VoiceOver or Zoom are supported by this application.

In a hands-on test, Media Access Australia have confirmed that while certainly faster than Safari, Safari must remain the browser of choice for people who are blind or vision impaired due to its support of the iPhone’s accessibility tools, namely VoiceOver and Zoom.

If you would like to try Opera Mini for the iPhone, visit Opera Mini Web browser on the iTunes preview website.


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Microsoft release Visual Studio 2010 RTM with improved access features

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Microsoft has released to manufacturer (RTM) a new version of their flagship development software suite Visual Studio 2010. The new product contains a number of updates for developers creating applications for Windows-based devices and websites, including several accessibility improvements.


The main accessibility updates include improvements to the user interface for developers with disabilities, the ability to produce web pages compliant with the updated WCAG 2.0 standard, and support for the accessibility APIs contained in Windows 7.  

Developers subscribed to MSDN are now able to download final product release. Further information on the accessibility features of Visual Studio 2010 can be found on the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 accessibility website.

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Media Access Australia reviews the access features of the new Apple iPad

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The Apple iPad is the most talked about new media device launched recently. It seems that everyone wants one, including current owners of the quite accessible iPhone. The general world has been abuzz discussing the pros and cons of the iPad and the disability world is no exception. 

To help you learn more about the facts, the talk and the mythology of accessibility and the iPad, we have put together a summary of the reporting from around the world. 

 


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