The Rise and Rise of Web Accessibility and Inclusive Digital Design

Falling as it does in the last month of the year, today’s 26th International Day of Persons with Disabilities* is a good time to reflect on progress toward achieving Intopia’s aim of ‘creating an inclusive digital world’.  It also comes after a spate of major web tech conferences in Australia during the second…

Inclusive Design For Accessible Presentations

To all the presenters of conferences, workshops, and meetups: I truly enjoy hearing your anecdotes and learning things from you. I like laughing at your jokes, especially the puns. Unfortunately, some people in your audience aren’t getting as much out of your session as me. They may not be able…

Giving Tuesday and Pledge 1%

A short paragraph on the About Us page on our website runs as follows: “Intopia is a social enterprise, committed to supporting those that help others. We give five per cent of our revenue to community and non-profit organisations that support access, inclusion, and women in technology.” Since today, 27…

Firefox Adds Support for CSS prefers-reduced-motion

On 23 October, Mozilla released Firefox 63. A new feature is support for the CSS media feature prefers-reduced-motion.  Firefox 63 also supports the prefers-reduced-motion CSS media feature: it allows animation-heavy sites to provide alternative layouts to users who have ticked off “Show animations in Windows” on Windows, or checked the “Reduce motion” a11y option on…

World Usability Day 2018

Elizabeth Rosenzweig founded World Usability Day to raise awareness of user-centred design, and she hopes that one day it will become part of the United Nations official list of days. Of course, every day is a great day to make products, services and systems (including websites) easier for everyone to…

My Impressions of A11y Camp 2018

I attended the three-day A11y Camp extravaganza in Melbourne in October – the biggest and best they’ve run to date. Here’s my round-up. Wednesday: An awesome WCAG 2.1 workshop Disclaimer: I ran the half-day WCAG 2.1 workshop on Wednesday afternoon. 😉 I spent a few hours translating the new WCAG…

Intopia Financial Year Report 2017 to 2018

If there is a single word that sums up Intopia’s most recent financial year, that word must be “growth”. In the year ended 30 June 2018, Intopia experienced growth – in numbers. Now, numbers are not the entire measure of a company’s growth, but they can give an idea of the scale…

24 Hours of Accessibility Talks: #ID24 is Back!

Inclusive Design 24 (also known as #ID24) returns on Thursday 11 October and Intopia is proud to be, for the first time, a partner of the event! What is #ID24? Inclusive Design 24 is literally twenty-four hours of talks about accessibility and inclusive design, back to back, featuring presenters from…

World Interaction Design Day – Australian Events

This Tuesday, the very first World Interaction Design Day (IxDD) will be held. The collaboration between the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and Adobe will see more than 60 events happen around the world, all with the aim of showing how interaction design improves the human condition. The theme for the…

Our Brand New Service – Intopia Connect!

We’re thrilled to announce that a new initiative we’ve been working on has finally had its beta launch – Intopia Connect. It’s a platform that will allow organisations to get a greater understanding of how to make their work more accessible, and provide a channel for people with a disability…

W3C Invites Comment on CAPTCHA Note Update

On 3 July 2018, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a draft update to its 2005 note Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA. As the W3C blog post puts it, “Much has changed in technology since then, but CAPTCHAs remain a barrier for some people to access websites”. CAPTCHA is the acronym…

Can I use Firefox with JAWS and/or NVDA?

TL;DR “Yes, if you’re using the latest versions.” Back in November last year, we advised JAWS and NVDA screen reader users not to upgrade to Firefox Quantum (version 57). The multiprocess technology introduced in this version by Mozilla (the organisation behind Firefox) to speed up overall browser performance was causing…