All posts for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Over the weekend, the World Wide Web celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The first web page was published on 6 August 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee.
Friday, 15 October 2010
WAI continues to develop techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and expand guidance on understanding and implementing WCAG 2.0.
Is there a business case for new web standards, or are they creating a worse web than we already have?Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the time, of its enactment, the legislation was a landmark, and it is still considered of global importance. Now, the US Department of Justice has announced that there will be new specific rule-markings regarding website accessibility for public and private entities.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is calling for a review of the recommended accessibility techniques document for WCAG 2.0. Comments are to be submitted by 9 August 2010.
Friday, 9 July 2010
In 2010, a new type of HTML is taking over the web, but how will it work for users with accessibility needs?
Thursday, 1 July 2010
In the early days of WCAG 1.0, access keys within web pages were seen as a staple of accessibility best practices: assigning a letter or number which could be pressed alongside an accelerator key (such as Alt) to enable users to instantly activate a link or form field. In reality, they are a poor accessibility practice that gets in the way of users.
Monday, 29 March 2010
In an important step for online video accessibility, the ABC have added captions to their iView video platform as announced in their blog. Outlined by the WCAG all online multimedia presentations must provide captioning so that people with auditory disabilities can still consume the dialogue. The captioning will be provided on all programmes broadcast on the ABC1 and ABC2 during primetime.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Melbourne based company NV Access have developed the worlds only free and open source Windows screen reader NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access). This enables users with visual disabilities the ability to access web sites designed with the WCGA guidelines in mind without spending a single cent.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
The Australian Government has mandated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA level for all government websites by 2015, with A level to be reached by 2012. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) originally outlined the WCAG 1.0, which was adopted by the Australian Government in 2000 allowing greater accessibility to the internet for people with disabilities. The 2.0 standard embodies the objective of the first and also implements new checkpoints to maintain currency with the ever changing world of online content. This includes closed captioning for video and audio streams, specific ratios of contrast between background and foreground colours, and text resizing without assistive technology etc.