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Online audio description – 5 tips for best practice

Audio Description (AD) in video content has proved vital for ensuring that people who are blind or vision impaired can experience video presentations such as movies and TV shows. In Australia, AD content is growing in the areas of cinema and DVD. Internationally, we have seen huge growth in audio described television. However AD content still has a fairly low profile online. 

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W3C column

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organisation for the Internet. 

A key part of the W3C's work is to ensure that all people are able to access online information, so the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) was introduced to address accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities. 

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What is HTML 5?

HTML 5 is an evolution of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) standard and is designed to provide structure to content. Unlike previous versions of HTML, HTML 5 includes new features such as: better integration of video, the ability to drag-and-drop graphical elements, edit pages and interpret location information such as GPS tracking. 

The standard is still under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and a draft specification of HTML 5 has been released.

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