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Telstra bans CAPTCHA tests

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Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra has won the day by announcing it will no longer use CAPTCHA tests on its apps and websites.

The announcement was made as part of its Disability Action Plan, released to mark International Day of People with Disability. CAPCTHAS notoriously present a barrier to many users with disabilities, including those with vision impairment or dyslexia.

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Forum to discuss accessible communications for councils

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A Melbourne forum about accessible communications for local councils will be held on Thursday 14 November. Called the White Horse City Council Accessible Communication Forum, the aim of the event is to discuss how surrounding councils can provide accessible communications for the community. The forum is part of the White Horse City Council’s Accessible Communication Project.

Presenting at the forum will be Media Access Australia’s CEO Alex Varley. His presentation will look at council services and how online communications and social media can be used to service members of the community who have a disability and require access to essential council information.


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Register now for OZeWAI 2013

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OZeWAI is an annual conference for Australia’s web accessibility community. First held in 1998, OZeWAI has a loyal following of web professionals who have been working to champion the interests of people with disability in their disciplines. The upcoming 2013 event is set to celebrate how far this community has come.

While the organisers encourage all to attend, the program is geared towards the more technical end of the spectrum with key topics for 2013 including:


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WCAG 2.0 under fire in new research

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Controversial research has been published damning the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 as system for achieving equal access to the web for disabled users.

WCAG 2.0 is an internationally used set of criteria aimed at helping web professionals create content which is usable for everyone regardless of disability. WCAG 2.0 is being implemented by Australian federal and state and territory governments under the National Transition Strategy.

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