Web Key IT aims to provide web accessibility solutions for our clients. The world of web accessibility, similar to the world of IT itself, is forever evolving and changing, and we pride ourselves at being at the forefront of the latest information and news. This page highlights some of these changes and the continual development of web accessibility.
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Finalists for Belmont & WA Small Business Awards
28th September, 2021
We have been announced as a Finalist in the 28th Belmont & Western Australian Small Business Awards. The winners of each of the 24 categories will be announced at a Night of Stars' event on Thursday 28th of October in the Ballroom of the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. If you'd like to celebrate with us and other small businesses in WA showcasing their talents and achievements, please book tickets here www.belmontbec.com/awardtickets . Thank you to major sponsors of the Awards - City of Belmont, Belmont BEC and TCFWA. We look forward to seeing you there!
Accessibility for InDesign Course
16th August, 2021
We are running our next Accessibility for InDesign Course on October 26th 2021, 9am-4pm at ATI Mirage in Perth, WA. Seats are strictly limited, if you are interested please email us today! Cost is all-inclusive of training, facilities, room hire, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and all training materials.
Acquisition by AbleDocs Inc
1st July, 2021
AbleDocs Inc, the leader in PDF accessibility products and services, announced its acquisition of Web Key IT, a recognized leader in web accessibility services.
Both companies’ founders and teams are excited to work together to provide global access to digital accessibility. The acquisition will widen the global presence of AbleDocs’ products, services, training, and localized document accessibility support across 49 languages.
You can read the official press release here.
New Website Feature: Dyslexia-friendly Toggle
28th April, 2021
In our April edition of our e-newsletter on Dyslexia, we received a reader's suggestion that we make our own website more "dyslexia-friendly". We took this suggestion onboard, and with the help of our Dyslexia-specialising Usability Analyst, Kristi Anderson-Mahady, we have implemented a "Dyslexia-friendly" toggle button on the top right of our website. If you are using a screen reader, this should read just after the Arabic language option. Please have a try and let us know your thoughts!
WALGA 2021 Local Government Convention
16th March, 2021
This year’s annual WA Local Government Convention and Trade Exhibition will be held at Crown Perth from Monday, 20 - Tuesday, 21 September and offers an exceptional opportunity for business development and relationship building with the Western Australian Local Government sector. We are proud to announce that Web Key IT will be an Exhibitor at this convention, and look forward to utilising the theme Leading the WAy: Looking Forward, Looking Back and meeting with 450 Elected Members and Local Government CEOs from across the State. You can find more information on this event on our Homepage in our Upcoming Events section.
Most Accessible Community in WA Award
17th March, 2021
Entries are now open for 2021 MACWA awards. To download submission document, please click here. All submissions will need to be completed by 31st July 2021, alternatively you can email submissions to Jane Lewis.
10th March, 2021
We are currently seeking expressions of interest for our very popular 5 Day Certificate in Digital Accessibility course! This is an in-depth course, occurring once a day over 5 weeks for an entire day (each Monday in May). In addition to web accessibility standards, testing methods and principles, it provides guidance in creating and testing digital documents like PDF and Word documents, specific screen reader training and mobile accessibility testing, as well as the development of an Accessibility Action Plan for your organisation. If you are interested in signing up for this course or would like more information, please get in touch with us or find out more here.
International Women's Day
8th March, 2021
Today, 100% of Web Key’s senior management and more than 66% of our staff are women. This is an incredible achievement, particularly in the IT industry where women make up on less than 28% of the workforce. The charity we chose to support this year is Zonta House Refuge. Zonta House provides much needed refuge and transitional accommodation, holistic support services and education to women over the age of 18. If you’d also like to donate, please visit: http://zontahouse.org.au/donations/
14th January, 2021
Upcoming Training Dates:
March 10th- Digital Accessibility 101 Course & March 11th- Accessible Documents Course
Both held at the lovely ATI Mirage, includes lunch, morning & afternoon tea. Each course is $450, or the discounted price of $810 for both
W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Draft
28th January, 2021
The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3 has several differences from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.
WCAG 3 is intended to be easier to understand and more flexible than WCAG 2. The flexibility is to address different types of web content, apps, and tools — as well as organizations and people with disabilities. The goals for WCAG 3 are introduced in the Requirements for WCAG 3.0 First Public Working Draft, which was also published today. WCAG 3 proposes a different name, scope, structure, and conformance model.
We encourage you to start by reading the WCAG 3 Introduction first to get important background on WCAG 3 development, review guidance, and timeline.
We are seeking input from evaluators, developers, designers, project managers, policy makers, people with disabilities, and others — particularly on the structure and the draft conformance model. Additional review guidance is in the blog post WCAG 3 FPWD Published.
Please submit comments by 26 February 2021.
13th January, 2021
For news items prior to 2021, please see the News Archive page.