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News!– Web Accessibility and Usability Workshop held in Johannesburg

2010-06-13:The W3C Southern African Office recently participated in a Web Accessibility and Usability conference held on 13 May 2010 at the Johannesburg War Museum. Web Accessibility is a very important subject in South Africa given the Promulgation of Information Act whereby "South Africa's Constitution gives every person the right of access to information, held by a public or private body, that is required for the exercise or protection of any right." Furthermore South Africa was one of the first countries to ratify the UN Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This convention promotes state parties to encourage "access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the Internet." Thus a huge responsibility rests on the shoulders of Webmasters and Web Developers to ensure that these are implemented on their websites. The Web Accesibility and Usability Conference aimed to bring together Web Developers and Practitioners to share experiences of how to take these policies from "recommendations" into practice. more...

News!– W3C Video on the Web Working Groups at W3c

W3c Southern Africa 2009-09-14: Since its first meeting in December 2007, the W3C has launched three working group initiatives around Video on the Web:

  1. MAWG –The Media Annotation Working Group
  2. MFWG –The Media Fragment Working Group
  3. TTWG –The Timed Text Working Group

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