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Accessibility and the Web of Things – an interview with Dr Scott Hollier and W3C WAI’s Shadi Abou-Zahra
While lots of people are passionate about the digital access cause, Shadi Abou-Zahra, the W3C Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, is one of the hardest-working and dedicated people I’ve ever met in the field, and a great bloke too. It was my pleasure to welcome Shadi back to the column for an interview on the topic of accessibility and the Web of Things.
- Date: 28 Feb 2017
This year Perth is featuring accessibility front-and-centre, as the Web for All (W4A) 2017 conference comes to town in April, co-located with the International World Wide Web 2017 (WWW2017) conference. Before W4A arrives, a terrific accessibility event will be held on 8 February – the Perth Web Accessibity Camp.
- Date: 24 Jan 2017
2017 is already well underway and looks set to be a very exciting year in web accessibility. With updates to WCAG 2.0 in the W3C WAI pipeline and the eagerly-anticipated W4A2017 conference coming to my home city of Perth in just a couple of months, this year has lots to look forward to and I’m looking forward to continuing the accessibility conversation as it goes along.
- Date: 24 Jan 2017
For me, 2016 has been a remarkable year and a year of great change both professionally and personally. Yet with great changes there are also great opportunities, and in my opinion the developments in accessibility throughout 2016 are reflective of some notable changes and the start of some great things to come.
- Date: 1 Dec 2016
The OZeWAI (Web content Adaptability Initiative in Australia) Accessibility Conference 2016 was staged from 28 to 30 November in Canberra and is Australia’s longest-running conference focussing specifically on technology access for people with disabilities.
- Date: 28 Nov 2016
If you’re a U.S. citizen reading this then you are stuck with the Trump wins result of the Presidential election vote on Tuesday 8 November. Yet it’s fair to say that most Australians are watching what happens in the aftermath of the U.S. election very closely, as it is likely to have major ramifications for international policy and trade, along with the provision of technology access to people with disabilities.
- Date: 3 Nov 2016
International plans for the early adoption of 3.6GHz for 5G services has led the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to bring forward public discussion of the use of this part of the spectrum. You can have your say by sending a submission before 25 November 2016.
- Date: 25 Oct 2016
Google Chrome has taken a striking lead in popularity, but is this reflective of how people with disabilities view the browser? Media Access Australia’s Matthew Putland investigates.
- Date: 10 Oct 2016
As Google and Apple slug it out to see which one has the biggest app store, new research shows that just about half of US smartphone users never download any apps at all.
- Date: 23 Sep 2016
After initial difficulties primarily with iPhone updates of the new iOS 10 mobile operating system that Apple launched at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on 12 September 2016, the tech giant has stated that the problems have been solved and that the iOS 10 system upgrade is now issue-free.
- Date: 15 Sep 2016
It’s a story we’re all too familiar with. On Tuesday 9 August, millions of Australians logged onto the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census website to embark on what was a truly ground-breaking event – the ability to fill out the Census form online for the very first time. Log-in codes were posted to households ahead of the big day, and the anticipation began to rise. Most Australians chose to complete the Census online and a naturally convenient time for many who opted to go online was in the evening.
- Date: 1 Sep 2016
It’s an internet truism that ‘Content is king’. And it is, assuming your audience can read it. But what if they can’t? Standard screen readers for people with a visual impairment struggle with things like text over pictures – something the internet has in bulk. They also don’t do well with pictures that don’t have alt text.
- Date: 30 Aug 2016
Dates and venue for the ‘Web content Adaptability Initiative in Australia' (OZeWAI) have been confirmed and will be held in Canberra on 28-30 November 2016. It’s Australia’s longest-running conference focussing specifically on technology access for people with disabilities.
- Date: 8 Aug 2016
The W3C Media Extensions Working Group are currently developing an Encrypted Media Extension which has raised concerns for disability groups due to its potential restrictions on access to online media content for people with disabilities.
- Date: 2 Aug 2016
I love the Cloud. Yes, it may seem like a strange thing to declare at the start of a column piece, but it’s true. Whether it’s knowing my files are safe even if my house burnt to the ground, my e-mails being instantly there when I set up a new tablet, or my accessibility preferences being updated instantly between my various Windows 10 computers, the upshot of it is that it makes my life much easier, both as a consumer and as a person with a disability.
- Date: 1 Aug 2016
Read the latest Access iQ July 2016 review newsletter right here on the website.
- Date: 29 Jul 2016
The idea of a webinar is a good one. If you’re a business, the fact that you can present important information to people across the globe without the need for expensive travel is very appealing, especially if you include the real-time chat capabilities and session recording. For participants, webinars also offer tremendous benefits if you can’t get away from the office but still want to participate in industry-related developments in real-time, or catch up with the recording when time permits. All in all, it’s a great thing…except for its accessibility.
- Date: 1 Jul 2016
Would you like to be a judge, or do you know a suitably qualified professional who would like to, for this year’s Australian Web Awards? Applications are now open if you or anyone else that you know is interested in applying.
- Date: 20 Jun 2016
Dr Scott Hollier is the author of a practical, step-by-step guide for organisational support focused on cognitive disability. He believes that a key pillar for better communication is adopting and embracing simple English, and this was the topic he talked about at the recent Round Table conference, which you can listen to in a fascinating podcast.
- Date: 15 Jun 2016
In September 2013 I wrote an article in this column entitled ‘How inaccessible websites could affect your vote’. At the time I was looking at whether or not people with disabilities were at risk of casting a vote that was not reflective of their political views due to an inaccessible website, and it turned out that it was indeed a possibility. With an election in Australia just weeks away, I thought it would be a good time to review this topic and see if there have been any improvements to the way in which people with disabilities can consider all viewpoints and make an informed choice on the...
- Date: 1 Jun 2016