Web Accessibility 2.0 Seminar Material

During November and December, the Web Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) put on seminars in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane with the aim of providing an overview of WCAG 2.0 and demonstrating how to improve the accessibility of Flash and PDF material. The presentations slides and audio recordings are now available on the WIPA site.

During the seminar:

  • I talked about WCAG 2.0, describing some of the practical differences between it and WCAG 1.0 as well as outlining the move to technology neutrality and the concept of “Accessibility Supported Technologies”.
  • Simon Reid, formally of Adobe, showed how to improve the accessibility of Flash using CS4 and demonstrated Sound Booth.
  • Andrew Downie, from the Centre for Learning Innovation within the NSW Department of Education and Training, demonstrated how screen readers can use and access Flash and PDFs. He also described how to make accessible PDFs that can bring benefits to screen reader users.

Vision Australia and WIPA cooperated to put on a similar seminar in Victoria in December.

All up, nearly 400 people attended the seminars and the feedback was great. Various people asked us to put the presentation PowerPoint and audio recordings of the sessions on the web. A recording of the Sydney seminar and the PowerPoints are now on the WIPA site at http://wipa.org.au/presentations/

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