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Australian Government advertises for WCAG 2.0 Content and Compliance Officers


The Department of Finance and Deregulation has posted a job advertisement for WCAG 2.0 Content and Compliance Officers.

According to the advertisement, “The main function of the role will be to address web accessibility issues by assessing, converting and publishing downloadable content, with a primary focus on Portable Document Formats (PDFs).”

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US online movie service uses remote DVD technology with support for captions


A new American streaming video service uses old-fashioned technology to deliver the latest release films to devices, with support for closed captioning.

Zediva has an interesting approach in that it has a data centre in California that has hundreds of DVD players set up like an automated jukebox. When you ‘rent’ a movie from Zediva, you are actually renting the DVD player with the movie loaded.

You can access various features such as closed captioning, subtitles, director’s commentary and languages if included on the DVD. It is not yet understood if this includes audio description, which is usually a special feature not currently enabled by Zediva.

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W3C talks accessibility in report on web and television convergence


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) held its Second Web and TV Workshop in February, where key priorities about web and TV convergence were discussed.

The workshop, held in February this year, resulted in the publication of a report by the W3C including but not limited to the following:

  • Home networking and second-screen scenarios
  • The role of metadata and relation to Semantic Web technology
  • Ensuring that convergent solutions are accessible
  • Possible extensions to HTML5 for television

The release of this report is designed to create some consistency in how televisions are incorporating online content. 

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Adobe ‘Project Wallaby’ converts Flash into HTML


Adobe Labs has released an experimental technology designed to convert Flash animation files into HTML, potentially improving their accessibility.

Wallaby was designed particularly for devices that do not support Flash such as the iPhone and iPad.

Wallaby works by first converting the Flash animation to HTML, then allowing the content to be edited with an appropriate authoring tool, such as Dreamweaver. The output can be viewed using most modern web browsers.

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