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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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Top 12 of 2012 #3 – the National Transition Strategy

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The Australian Government should have made significant progress towards making each of its websites accessible in 2012 as a result of the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy.

Put in place by the Australian Government Information Office (AGIMO), the strategy states that all Australian government websites must comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level A by 31 December 2012, and Level AA by December 2014. By complying with these standards, website owners help ensure that web-based information and tools can be used by everyone regardless of disability.


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Top 12 of 2012 #2 – access to social media

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As social media continues to dominate what people do online, a new digital divide is opening up between those who use social media and those excluded from them by their inaccessibility. To help remedy this, we published sociABILITY: Social media for people with a disability in March.

Funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network grants scheme, the resource explains the current state of social media accessibility and guides users through getting started on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Skype and blogging.

Media Access Australia researcher Dr Scott Hollier conducted an eight-month qualitative study among people with a sensory and mobility impairment. Through this research, social media users with disabilities were able to share their tips and tricks so that others can gain access.


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NVDA screen reader now recognises long description

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Free screen reader for Windows, NVDA, has been updated to recognise 'longdesc', an attribute used by web developers to describe the data that is visually presented in images such as graphs and diagrams.

To access the long description, press 'NVDA'+'d' once the screen reader announces it is there. For example, if users have their screen reader focused on an image of a graph, NVDA will announce there is long description available. To activate the long description, users can press the NVDA button (usually Insert) and the 'd' to hear the long description. This update is compatible with the Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers.

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