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Legal action against Coles over website accessibility

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Legal proceedings have begun against supermarket chain Coles over the accessibility of its online shopping service, with users reporting that they cannot buy groceries online.

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The claim was lodged earlier this week by Gisele Mesnage, who has a vision impairment. Due to complex navigation, it has reportedly taken Ms Mesnage up to eight hours to complete an order online. The action follows a complaint being made through the Australian Human Rights Commission, which was unable to be resolved.


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How to audio describe a YouTube video

Audio description is an additional audio track that provides a description of the visual elements of a video, TV broadcast or performance. Unlike closed captions, which are becoming widespread across the web, audio described videos are rarely available online.

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Awards recognise accessible websites

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Australian web users stand to benefit from increased access to websites thanks to the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) 2014 Web Awards.

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The Australian Web Awards, to be held on 1 November in Sydney, showcases outstanding work by Australian web designers and developers and their adoption of web standards that help make sites accessible to people with disabilities. The awards are sponsored by Media Access Australia in the Government category.


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Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities: Local Government NSW 2014

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Dr Scott Hollier's presentation at the Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities Forum 2014 is now available to download via SlideShare.

Presented at the Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities Forum, Dr Scott Hollier discusses the need for local government websites to address and support accessibility for the community, providing solutions for understanding user experience, reviewing/implementing policies, addressing online accessibility, writing accessible documents, creating accessible external messages and building accessible public computer facilities.

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Facebook introduces video captions

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Facebook has launched a major update to its accessibility features, now allowing users to add captions on videos.

The announcement comes from Facebook Accessibility’s August 2014 update, providing a complete guide to adding and viewing captions on user-uploaded video files.

Facebook’s steps to provide captions on videos are outlined below:

How do I add captions to my video?

You can add captions to a video by uploading a SubRip (.srt) file that is saved using the following format:

filename.en_US.srt

To add captions to a video as you upload it:

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Aussie boy Huey inspires internet accessibility for all

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At age four, Huey Springer became ill with a life-threatening condition which doctors identified as a result of head fluid build-up, requiring numerous trips to the hospital and major surgery.

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Trial of audio description on ABC iview to start in 2015

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The Minister of Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, has advised Media Access Australia that a trial of audio description will commence on the ABC’s catch-up TV service, iview, in April 2015.

The service will initially be available on iPhones, then expand to other platforms including Android, via PCs and Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) by August 2015. (HbbTV is the platform that will host the Freeview Plus service, due to be launched on 2 September.)

The trial will last for 15 months, and provide at least 14 hours of audio described content per week, with a mix of drama/entertainment, documentary/current affairs and children’s programming. Currently, the only catch-up TV service in the world to provide audio description is the BBC’s iPlayer.


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