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Apple iPad launched with iPhone-like accessibility features


Apple has announced the launch of its latest handheld device called the Apple iPad, a touch screen device that functions like an iPhone but is the size of a netbook, with a 9.7” screen. It also comes with the same suite of accessibility features that have been available on the iPhone 3GS.

The accessibility features contained in the iPad include the VoiceOver screen reader, zoom functionality, the ability to reverse the colour scheme, the ability to play back captioned video and the ability to change the sound from stereo to a mono output. 

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South Korea moves towards web accessibility


The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security will begin a web accessibility standards survey of 1,000 frequently used websites by the end of the first quarter this year.

While mandatory compliance is not being considered at this point, the Ministry's survey is expected to place public pressure on organisations to improve their web accessibility in consultation with disability groups and standards experts.

In Korea, experts and consumer groups have noted that text-to-speech solutions, often used on government and organisation websites, do not meet web accessibility standards. In Australia, the Centrelink website provides an example of a similar text-to-speech solution.

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Media Access Australia launches Twitter feed


Today marks the launch of Media Access Australia's Twitter Feed. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Messages are limited to 140 characters.

Our tweets are publicly available and can be accessed from the Twitter website.

Why has Media Access Australia (MAA) chosen to Twitter?

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Skype becomes accessible on the iPhone 3GS


A number of iPhone users are reporting that the latest version of Skype for the iPhone 3GS has been updated to work with VoiceOver, the text-to-speech feature.

The update, released yesterday, enables VoiceOver to provide audio feedback on all Skype functions, including contacts and call history. The inclusion of VoiceOver support enables people who are blind or vision impaired to access the full benefits of Skype, including free phone calls to other Skype users around the world.

Further information about Skype for the iPhone can be found on the Skype website.

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