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July 2011
Date Published News headline and description
28 July 2011 W3C updates accessibility guidelines
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global regulatory body for the web, has recently updated a number of their working draft standards. A series...
27 July 2011 Commentary: Getty-Google partnership misses the mark on accessibility
The Getty Museum recently announced that it would be the first museum to collaborate with Google, and using Google’s image recognition application...
26 July 2011 UK Festival Awards puts more focus on festival accessibility
The UK Festival Awards is the annual awards for the contemporary music festival industry and the benchmark by which festival goers rate their...
25 July 2011 First free practical guide to NVDA screen reader released
Media Access Australia has released the first free training resource for the NVDA screen reader: a ‘wikispace’ that provides a step-by-step guide to...
22 July 2011 Access to telecommunications review launched
The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has launched an inquiry into access to telecommunications services which include...
21 July 2011 US delays web access requirements
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has delayed the introduction of formal web access requirements for commercial and public organisations...
21 July 2011 Australian university adopts Google Apps for Education with known accessibility issues
Australia’s RMIT University may be excluding students with disabilities after all of its 74,000 student email accounts were moved to Google Apps for...
20 July 2011 Student team wins Microsoft Imagine Cup for new and innovative assistive technology
A team of students in the US has won second place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup for Note-Taker, an assistive technology that helps people who are...
20 July 2011 YouTube expands automatic captioning to other languages
YouTube, which introduced automatic captions for English language videos in 2009, has now expanded the service to Japanese videos.
19 July 2011 Nominations for the Captioning Awards close soon
Nominations for the Deafness Forum’s Captioning Awards close on 29 July. The awards present an opportunity to celebrate the steps media and others...
18 July 2011 Cinemas change from open to closed captions
A number of major cinema complexes have made the change from open captions to closed captions in recent weeks. This provides more opportunities to...
18 July 2011 Low vision people often disregarded online
An American academic has claimed that the web experience for people who are vision impaired is suffering because they are being mistakenly grouped...
18 July 2011 US access committee reports on Internet video captioning
The the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee has released a report to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which proposes a...
15 July 2011 Round-up of accessibility in WA
To celebrate Media Access Australia’s first year in Western Australia, let’s take a look at the state of accessibility in WA and some of the events...
14 July 2011 Accessible web browser and music player for Android released as standalone apps
Android users who are blind or vision impaired can now purchase Code Factory’s Accessible Web Browser and the new Accessible Music Player as...
14 July 2011 Commentary: iOS versus Android: two models for achieving access
The release of iOS 5 beta 3 with Assistive Touch has sparked discussion in the social media space about Apple’s ongoing commitment to accessibility....
14 July 2011 Apple continues to improve accessibility of iOS
A new feature in the latest beta release of iOS 5, the operating system for the iPad and iPhone, provides on-screen replacements for various button...
13 July 2011 ACARA calls for contributions for a more inclusive Australian Curriculum
In an announcement yesterday, The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) called for education professionals to contribute...
12 July 2011 Update to ABC iView for iPad supports closed captions
The latest update to the ABC iView app for the iPad allows you to watch prime time ABC TV programs with closed captions.
11 July 2011 YouTube captions boost SEO
Adding captions to a YouTube video can improve your search engine optimisation and increase your audience to include the Deaf and hearing impaired,...

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