Practical web accessibility

Google launches live captions on YouTube at Google I/O

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For the first time, people who are Deaf or hearing impaired can watch the live video stream of Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, with live captions.

YouTube launched its live captioning feature with the Google I/O live video stream today. According to Naomi Black, Google’s Technical Program Manager for Accessibility Engineering, the feature will be available to all YouTube partners including competing live streaming websites.


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Latest W3C column looks at web browser and screen reader compatibility

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The latest W3C column from Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier examines 2011’s updates to web browsers and screen readers and what the best options are for screen reader users.

This year has seen major technology releases with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and Mozilla Firefox 4 and updates to screen readers NVDA and JAWS.

Most updates are linked to developments in the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organisation responsible for making web standards such as HTML, the code that makes web pages possible. 

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IE9 and Firefox 4: let the standards showdown begin!

Six months ago, the implementation of accessibility-friendly W3C standards, especially in relation to media players and screen readers, seemed pretty clear, with all web browsers having some level of implementation of HTML5 except for Internet Explorer 8. The HTML5 standard has since evolved rapidly, particularly in January and with updates in April.

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