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#CSUN15 wrap up

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The world’s major accessibility conference, the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (#CSUN15) is close to wrapping up. If you missed some of the big sessions or want a handy recap on hot accessibility (#a11y) topics this year, check out Media Access Australia’s interviews with some of the key presenters.

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NVDA 2015.1 screen reader released: hands-on first impressions

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NVDA, the free screen reader for Windows which is one of the world’s most popular, continues to receive significant improvements with the latest version, 2015.1. Dr Scott Hollier provides a hands-on review and initial impressions of the latest software update from NV Access.

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While not a proficient screen reader user, I find it useful from time to time when trying to read web pages, documents and emails which are text-heavy, so I was interested to take the new version of NVDA for a spin on my Windows 8.1 machine.


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YouTube embraces HTML5

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The accessibility of Google’s YouTube video service looks set to improve thanks to the recent decision by the internet giant to abandon Adobe’s Flash technology in favour of the fifth and final version of the Hyper Text Markup Language, HTML5.

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In a recent blog post, YouTube Engineering Manager Richard Leider wrote that this was largely due to a maturing of HTML5—a core technology underpinning the web, and as at late 2014, an official Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation.


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Web accessibility is everyone’s responsibility

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As anyone familiar with the web accessibility space will have noted, discrimination complaints against companies who do not make their websites and online services accessible to people with disabilities appear to be on the rise.

Word cloud comprised of several key terms relating to web accessibility. Image credit: Jil Wright, Flickr


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Accessible documents and automated tools

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Media Access Australia spoke to Dr Jason Guo, Systems Architect and Web Developer at XiNG Digital, ahead of his presentation on using an automated content uploader to help create accessible documents at OPC IT’s web xChange event. Jason will be co-presenting with Bobby Graham, Digital Publishing Consultant at Bobby Graham Publishers.

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Skype Translator moves closer to general availability

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Microsoft has announced that its Skype Translator tool—which provides real time translations of different spoken languages to text captions—has moved closer to general availability.

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Lloyds Banking Group on implementing web accessibility

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Media Access Australia spoke to Graeme Whippy, Senior Disability Manager at Lloyds Banking Group about how to build a business case for web accessibility, turning WCAG into a workable standard, and how to implement a web accessibility project.

Graeme Whippy, Senior Disability Manager at Lloyds Banking Group


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Next steps for web accessibility in Australia announced

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The inclusion of accessibility in a digital design guide and a second NTS progress survey are just two of the next steps in Australian government web accessibility announced at the 2014 OZeWAI conference.

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