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Latest W3C column looks at evaluation tools for auditing website accessibility


This month’s W3C column from Dr Scott Hollier, representative of Media Access Australia on the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is out.

Dr Hollier looks at the recent work of the W3C in making it easier for people to check if websites are accessible for people with disabilities. This work includes the creation of the Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 Schemato help web developers, and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force(Eval TF)to create a methodology for accessibility evaluation.

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Updates on Google Chrome OS and screen reader support


The Google Chrome blog has reported improved third-party screen reader support in the latest version of the Google Chrome operating system (beta), and according to a tweet by a Google research scientist, developers may soon have access to Google Chrome’s screen reader, ChromeVox.

The Google Chrome blog post lists a number of changes to the latest version of Google Chrome operating system (Beta), including preliminary support for popular screen readers JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver.

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BBC asks the question: are colourblind gamers left out?


With one in twenty men and one in two hundred women suffering from some form of colour blindness, a reporter for the BBC has asked the question: are colourblind gamers left out?

The BBC Technology article on gaming for those who are colourblind talks about the difficulties people who are colourblind have when playing mainstream games. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is a prime example of colour being used solely to convey information. In multiplayer mode, teammates are identified by green tags above their heads while enemies have red tags, making it particularly difficult, if not impossible, for people who are colourblind to easily recognise friend from foe.

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Customise your news alerts now


There are many ways you can choose to receive news from Media Access Australia, and with a few easy steps you can customise your subscription by selecting both the type of news you are interested in as well as the frequency you receive it.

Here are a few points about your subscription and how you can personalise your news from Media Access Australia.

If you have already subscribed to the news alerts you must first be issued with a new password for the website.

Once logged into the site you can change your news alert preferences by going into the subscriptions tab and then choosing tags.

You are then presented with choices in both disability and media type:

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