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Australian government’s web accessibility efforts recognised through award

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The Australian Government Information Management Organisation (AGIMO) is a recipient of Vision Australia's 2011 ‘Making a Difference Awards’ for their work in web accessibility.

The Making a Difference Award is given to organisations which have shown outstanding support for people who are blind or vision impaired.


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Study reveals most US Government websites are inaccessible

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A recent study published in the Government Information Quarterly journal has found that most US Federal Government websites are inaccessible and do not comply with legislative accessibility requirements.

The study, conducted by doctoral student Abiodun Olalere and Professor Jonathan Lazar, tested 100 popular US Government websites and discovered that 90% of home pages were in breach of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508.

The types of issues discovered on the websites were varied, with the most prominent issues relating to a lack of alternative text for images, a lack of captions on video and incorrectly labelled forms.


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Updates on Google Chrome OS and screen reader support

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The Google Chrome blog has reported improved third-party screen reader support in the latest version of the Google Chrome operating system (beta), and according to a tweet by a Google research scientist, developers may soon have access to Google Chrome’s screen reader, ChromeVox.

The Google Chrome blog post lists a number of changes to the latest version of Google Chrome operating system (Beta), including preliminary support for popular screen readers JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver.

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