Practical web accessibility

Web accessibility certificate: 2013 registrations open

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Media Access Australia, in partnership with the University of South Australia, has launched its Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility for 2013, an online qualification for professionals wanting to make their web content accessible to people with a disability.

The six-week online course, now in its second year, gives technical web professionals a practical understanding of the principles and techniques needed to reach compliance with international standards, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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Older people with sight loss excluded online

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Research conducted by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and BT Group in the UK has highlighted the impact of older people being excluded online.

The study, Tackling Digital Exclusion,found that 87 per cent of older people who are blind or partially sighted have never used the internet.  Researchers attribute this to a perception amongst this group that blindness or low vision makes using computers and websites impossible.

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Museum Victoria crowd-sources text alternatives

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Museum Victoria has come up with an innovative way of making their online collection available to people who are blind. The museum has launched 'Describe Me', a website that allows volunteers to write text alternatives for images posted on Museum Victoria's website.

A text alternative, or alt-text, is a line of text hidden within a website which conveys the meaning of an image. A person using assistive technology, such as a screen reader or braille device, can have the technology read out this description. Providing alt-text is essential for those wanting to make their websites accessible.


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Top 12 of 2012 #7 – We launch Access iQ

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There is an international push for web professionals to incorporate the needs of people with a disability into their practice. Media Access Australia launched Access iQ in July to equip them with the knowledge, skills and connections necessary to help create a web without limits.

The initiative features resources for web developers, designers, content producers and managers on how to incorporate accessibility into every stage of a website’s life. Access iQ is geared towards meeting the needs of those making accessible websites for government under the National Transition Strategy.

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