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How to use the Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM): Vivienne Conway presenting at OZeWAI.

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The NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader operating on the Microsoft Windows operating system.  NVDA enables people with vision impairments to use any computer operating Windows for no cost. You can obtain support in different languages and also customize the voice.

There is a feature to load it on a USB drive and take it with you to work or school, or you can just install is on your computer at home for your own use.  You can also install it on all the computers at your workplace and encourage your staff to learn how to use a screen reader.  It will open their eyes to how people with vision impairments use the Internet.

Web Key IT encourages you to try NVDA - even if you don't have a vision impairment.  The help features are all on the installation and they have a support page on their website at:  You might like to get involved in this great project.


PowerMapper - Sort Site checker

Use this link to check the first 10 pages of your website at no cost.

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DingoAccess (article by Roger Hudson, 22 November, 2011) Accessibility Barrier Scores

Be, Accessible leaders talk technology: Youtube Philip Patston, Director, Diversity New Zealand and Diversityworks Trust

Be, Accessible leaders talk technology: Karen Plimmer, Adaptive communications Instructor, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

Trinity Of Inclusive Web Development: Slide presentation from Denis Boudreau of AccessibiliteWeb



Contemporary Accessible Technologies and Web Standards, by Scott Hollier. Permission given: ©WASLA, Scott Hollier, Vivienne Conway

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Ensuring Website Accessibility in Australia, by Vivienne Conway. Permission given: ©WASLA, Scott Hollier, Vivienne Conway

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WebAIM - Web Accessibility in Mind

“This year’s screenreader survey by WebAIM contains really important information about how people use screen-readers.  It seems the usage of free or low-cost software is increasing while the use of high-cost options is decreasing.  The survey includes information about the percentage of users who are accessing screen-readers on mobile devices as well as the issues that cause users the most problems”.

Take a look at the latest survey results: WebAim Survey


GPII – Using the cloud to build a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure

If you missed out on the Webinar on December 14, 2011 in Australia and New Zealand, download the slides from this link: GPII Webinar Slides

You can register your interest to participate in future webinars by contacting Jim Tobias



Web accessibility issues with Blackboard at Edith Cowan University

Citation:  Conway, Vivienne (2010) "Web Accessibility Issues with Blackboard at Edith Cowan University,"eCULTURE: Vol. 3, Article 2.
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Abstract: Website accessibility is a very real and pressing issue in Australia and internationally. Tim Berners-Lee credited with founding the Web, states “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect” (Henry & McGee, 2010). This paper is the result of research conducted into the website accessibility of Blackboard as implemented at Edith Cowan University. This well-known commercial Learning Management System is used for e-learning access and content delivery. Testing was conducted to determine the level of adherence of Blackboard to internationally-recognized best practice web accessibility guidelines. An analysis of the results of this research demonstrate that while Blackboard scores “better than average”, this still constitutes a failing grade in terms of overall usability for people with visual disabilities. Incorporation of the features of the WCAG 2.0 would ensure that Blackboard meets current best practice guidelines. 

Journal Article citation: Conway, Vivienne. Website Accessibility in Western Australian Public Libraries [online]. Australian Library Journal, The, Vol. 60, No. 2, Jun 2011: 103-112. ISSN: 0004-9670.

Abstract: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has established international standards for website accessibility which attempt to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to use materials published on the World Wide Web (Web). This article provides a summation of the research conducted into the accessibility of public library websites in Western Australia. A discussion is provided of the website audit methods used and results obtained. The research demonstrates the level of compliance with Australian and International standards as well as results of surveys used to determine the perceived willingness to comply with those standards, barriers to compliance and benefits of an accessible website.



Accessibility Evaluation Methodologies, Tips and Tricks for all: Vivienne Conway presenting at OZeWAI.

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