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. Our News blog highlights some of these changes and the continual development of web accessibility.
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Our latest newsletter is about: Deaf or deaf?
3rd of March 2019
Dr Conway recently chaired and spoke at the W3C/ANU Roadshow “Who is Managing your Privacy and Identity on the Web?” which was held in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra in February. Slides from the event are now available for public viewing here with links next to each speaker’s name.
22nd of February 2019
Perth Web Accessibility Camp 2019 was held on the 12th of February at VisAbility, and was a great success! It was wonderful to see so many of you there this year! The Keynote was Professor Denise Wood from Central Queensland University with the topic titled ‘Designing Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Online Learning Environments: An Evidence-Based Approach’. It was incredibly eye-opening and discussed how people with disability engage with learning tools and some of the challenges they may face. Scott Hollier did a beautiful job of summarising the event on his website here. We hope to see you all next year as well!
Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper
18th November 2018
On November 15th, our Director, Vivienne Conway was invited by the Australian Human Rights Commission to attend a Round Table to discuss the “Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper”. This discussion group included representatives from government, industry and disability support groups. Discussion revolved around developing innovative ways to ensure technology protects human rights or all members of the community, encouraging responsible innovation. Questions explored including Artificial Intelligence, Assistive Technology and issues of responsible innovation and assistive technology for people with disability. The Issues Paper and information about the project on human rights and technology can be located at: Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper (2018).
Looking for Participants for a Research Project
24th September 2018
A Curtin University Senior Research Fellow, Dr Anna Hampson Lundh, is currently looking for people who are blind or vision impaired who are willing to be interviewed for an hour about their use of text-to-speech tools, talking books, and other audio-based technologies to read for their postgraduate university studies. If you would like to know more about this research or are interested in participating or forwarding recruitment materials, please contact Anna on email@example.com or 08 9266 7291.
1st September 2018
Where: ATI-Mirage Training & Business Solutions
When: 17th September 2018, 9am-4pm
Cost: $450 plus GST (includes lunch and all learning materials)
1st August 2018
We are very excited to release our new brochures describing our services, vision, and helpful information about the importance of digital accessibility. Please go to the ‘Resources’ page and use the tab on the left-hand side titled “Brochures” to obtain downloadable (and accessible) copies of these brochures (alternatively click the heading above!). While they are all in English, some have been specifically designed for our Australian customers and some for our Gulf Cooperation Council customers. Very shortly we will have the GCC brochures also available in the Arabic language. Please let us know what you think of our new material. If you would like physical copies of the brochures, please let us know and we will send them to you or bring them when we next meet.
You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificate in Digital Accessibility Course
17th July 2018
Our Digital Accessibility Certificate course is running again in August!
This certificate level program covers all major aspects of Digital Accessibility. It was held in both March and May already this year and deemed fantastic successes! During the course, participants will prepare a Digital Accessibility Action Plan for their organisation and conduct an initial high level review of the organisation’s digital resources under the guidance and support of Web Key IT’s accessibility experts. The sessions include training in website accessibility, digital documents such as MS Word and PDF, a look at mobiles/tablets and looking at the business case for digital accessibility. As an extra bonus if you are an ACS member, you can also gain professional development hours.
Things you need to know:
Where: ATI-Mirage Training & Business Solutions
Cost: $3250 per person (excluding GST) covering all learning materials, equipment, lunch and morning/afternoon tea.
When: Each Thursday in August 9am-4pm
Note: All 5 sessions can be taken by one individual or split between team members, or of course, more than one person from an organisation can enroll and take the course together.
For more information or if you would like to enroll, please email email@example.com
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
6th of June 2018
The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 as a W3C Recommendation at: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
The document received broad support from the W3C Advisory Committee and the W3C Director approved the transition to Recommendation. That means it is a stable standard ready for general implementation.W3C encourages organizations and individuals to review and update their policies to reflect the updated guidance provided by WCAG 2.1, in order to address more user needs in their websites.
All requirements (“success criteria”) from 2.0 are included in 2.1. There are additional success criteria in 2.1. They are introduced in "What's New in WCAG 2.1" at: https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/new-in-21/
More information about this publication and next steps are in the blog post: https://www.w3.org/blog/2018/06/wcag21-rec/
More information about the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is available from: https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/
Redesigned W3C WAI Website
16th of May 2018
The beta is now live! Check out: https://www.w3.org/WAI/
(you might need to refresh your browser)
The redesigned W3C WAI website makes it easier to get information to help you improve web accessibility. The visual design, information architecture, navigation, and overall user experience is all new.
The redesign makes it easier to skim pages, read content, find specific information, and discover new resources. It's also easier for the community to be involved in improving resources.
Much of the content is revised and they plan to revise more content in the coming months as well as enhance the visual design of the home page and throughout.
See this github link for:
- Planned Changes and Known Issues
- How to Comment
WAITTA Incite Awards: 2018
16th of April 2018
Congratulations to the City of Cockburn for being named a finalist in the category “most effective government solution” , for the City of Cockburn Website Redevelopment Project, at the 27th Annual WAITTA INCITE Awards. The City of Cockburn has put incredible effort and dedication into ensuring that their new websites are accessible for people with disabilities and Web Key IT is proud to have worked with them over the past couple of years. These websites set a high standard for other Local Government websites to follow. Read more about the finalists and awards here.
Radio Advertisement on 6PR
19th of March 2018
Have you heard our new radio advertisement? If you are in Perth, WA, you may have heard us on 6PR! It will be running for the next two weeks thanks to our friends at Macquarie Media. If not, you can listen by clicking this link: 20180319-6PR-Ad.MP3
Email us today, mentioning this advertisement, and you will receive 50% off a Learn @ Lunchtime Seminar (worth $1,650) to get you started on your website accessibility journey!
New Kuwait Office
12th of March 2018
We are excited to announce that Web Key IT Pty Ltd has recently opened an office in Kuwait City, located on the 4th Floor of the Panasonic Tower. The office is staffed by our local agents and headed up by Muhammad Saleem who has completed his Master’s Degree ( Have a look at this thesis, Web accessibility compliance for e-Government websites in the Gulf Region), and is currently working on his PhD. Muhammad and the staff in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Office will be working closely with the Australian office to fulfill our joint goals of improving digital accessibility around the world, making life better for people with disabilities and seniors.
Very shortly, you will see Arabic content under the ‘GCC’ tab on the top navigation of our website and we encourage our customers to take a look. Because of the enormity of this undertaking, Vivienne will be doing some travel over the next few months to and from Kuwait, UAE and Qatar. Amanda Mace, our Operations Manager is always available to assist you with your accessibility needs (as Vivienne is only ever a phone call or email away). Our Administrator, Emma Murray, is happy to answer email enquiries. Please note we have recently updated our Contact Us page to provide easier email access to our staff.
ACS Annual Diversity Dinner
8th of December 2017
We had the pleasure of attending the ACS 2017 Annual Diversity Dinner held on Friday the 8th of December at Crown Perth. Our very own Dr. Vivienne Conway did the Locknote address about the fact that when we share each others' burdens, they don't seem as heavy. She drew on the popular song 'He Ain't Heavy', by The Hollies for inspiration, and demonstrated how a sense of caring for others should permeate our whole organisation. We all have a responsibility to ensure the well-being of others.. We’d like to thanks ACS WA for such a fabulous evening, and to thank the other wonderful speaker Lisa Evans from Speaking Savvy Public Speaking & Storytelling for her story. If you'd like to see the photos from the event, please click here.
ACS Digital Disruptors Awards
A big congratulations to our very own Dr. Vivienne Conway on receiving the Gold Disruptor ACS ICT Professional of the Year Award on November 2nd 2017!
The ACS Digital Disruptors Awards recognises individuals who demonstrate high levels of professionalism and achievement through six (6) award categories. The ICT Professional of the Year demonstrates excellence in their field of ICT. They are active in their continuing professional development and display the highest standards of professional ethics. They use their technical knowledge to be a positive role model and influence the workplace to the highest standards both professionally and ethically. You can read about the winners here and read about the award criteria here.
Read about all the amazing WAITTA INCITE Awards and National Award winners including our own Dr Vivienne Conway.
PEAT Talks: The Future of Accessible Work
'In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), W4A Conference Chair Vivienne Conway recounts the top trends emerging from the global conference Web For All 2017: The Future of Accessible Work.'
Being accessible is good for business
Learn at Morning Tea event.
Learn the value of being accessible with digital accessibility expert Dr Vivienne Conway of Web Key IT at sixty27's "Learn at Morning Tea" free event.
A closed door shuts down the income source for any business. Why then do we consider opening businesses where the digital shop front is closed to at least 20% of the population - those who have disabilities? Actually, the potential loss is closer to 50% because there are other issues to consider such as English as a second language, limited literacy and multiple factors which when combined make digital access difficult.
OZeWAI Conference 2016: The Trouble with private health company websites - getting it right.
Speaker: Dr Vivienne Conway
Do I really need to check the accessibility of my documents?
At Web Key IT, we are regularly asked for advice and assistance in creating accessible documents, particularly by organisations striving to host these documents on their websites. Most website owners are aware that any content you host on your website needs to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, Version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) (W3C, 2008). These guidelines have been created by the World Wide Web Consortium, known as W3C. In Australia this normally means meeting Level AA of WCAG 2.0. Basically if you need an Internet connection to reach the document, and this includes email of course, the document must be accessible. If the document is in printed copy only, these requirements do not apply. Read more about checking documents for accessibility.
Web Accessibility Camp 2015 Wrap-up
The Perth Web Accessibility Camp was held on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 and saw a record number of 121 attendees. We were very fortunate to have the Camp sponsored by Bankwest who provided the venue on Murray Street, Perth as well as food and refreshments throughout the day. We added a Sundowner this year for the first time, sponsored by Permeance Technologies. Read more about the camp wrap up.
WCAG-EM: a powerful tool in trained hands
On July 7, the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) officially announced the release to the public of the completed Web Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM).
Apart from the continuous stream of acronyms, this is really good news for anyone involved with website accessibility. This of course includes those organisations (most of us) with websites, those who are involved with testing them to see if they comply with WCAG 2.0, government and eventually, the users of those websites. Read more about WCAG-EM.
Website Accessibility in Western Australian Public Libraries
Site 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. Read the full article about Website Accessibility in Western Australian Public Libraries
Web accessibility issues with Blackboard at Edith Cowan University
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. Read the full article about web accessibility issues with Blackboard at ECU.