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September 2018

Hello <<First Name>>!

This month, we'd like you to meet our Muhammad Saleem, from our Kuwait Team.

Muhammad has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Australia and has worked with the Director of Web Key IT for a number of years, sharing the passion for making all digital materials (and all other services in our country) accessible for people with disabilities and also seniors. Muhammad’s thesis on the state of accessibility of e-government services is available at Accessibility of e-Government Websites in the Middle East, and forms the basis for understanding the need to improve accessibility throughout the GCC Region. Muhammad is now the GCC office manager for the new W3C Office which is at the same location as the Web Key IT GCC Office. He would be more than pleased to discuss your accessibility needs and the services of the GCC Office of Web Key IT as well as help you with W3C enquiries.

 

Kuwait E-Accessible By 2030


Today I will discuss the vision of Kuwait 2030 and the difficulties facing the country to implement the vision including the Kuwait National Framework for Digital Accessibility. The Framework has been implemented to conform to national and international standards as well as to comply with Kuwaiti law for persons with disabilities. However, it is important to consider the challenges that web developers and designers face in Kuwait in relation to applying the National Framework for Digital Accessibility.

First of all, language is an issue that developers in Arab countries are facing as they attempt to understand the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (‘WCAG 2.0’) in English. To date, there has been no official Arabic version of the Guidelines applicable to the region. Secondly, and related, most pre-existing automated tools support and evaluate websites in English. To our knowledge, there remains no automated tools that support Arabic language, again making it difficult for developers to use such on Arabic websites. Finally, and again related, there are only a very limited number of web accessibility resources that developers and designers can work with to better understand the concept of web accessibility and/or how to apply digital accessibility criteria on their websites. What we can see is that language lies at the heart of barriers at the moment. I think what we need in the Gulf region is to translate the WCAG 2.0 to comply with the Arabian world by using accurate terminology and examples. I think I can assume that the National Framework for Digital Accessibility is not going to be applied in the state of Kuwait and the Gulf region without additional Arabic accessibility resources such as training, assistive technologies and tools.

The Kuwait National Framework for Digital Accessibility is designed to assist Kuwaiti developers and designers and also importantly the broader Arab world to understand the foundation of web accessibility. Moreover, the Guidelines aim to help show how to apply the automated tools and Manual test by using the basic requirement which is “a methodology for the Novice Evaluator -15 steps".

In conclusion, we believe that the Kuwait National Framework for Digital Accessibility is a fantastic policy suitable to achieve accessibility hub status for the Gulf region. It is in line with the Kuwaiti mission to make digital technologies accessible to everyone including persons with disabilities by 2030.

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New Web Key IT Brochures

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. 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 info@webkeyit.com

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Perth Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup
18th of September, 2018
Dome Cafe, 149 James Street, Northbridge.
Read more about the Accessibility Meetup group
Or see the new A11y website here!

 
GovHack
7-9th of September, 2018
Amazing times, with amazing people, making amazing things with open data
Register for GovHack here

ACS WA Dennis Moore Oration Dinner 2018
10th of October, 2018
UWA, Crawley, WA

Professor Jingbo Wang, Head of the Department of Physics at The University of Western Australia, will present on the subject of Quantum Computing

"What is Quantum Computing? Will it become a reality in the next decade? What makes it so much different from existing computer systems? How will it affect our lives?"

Registrations for the Oration Dinner here
TPAC 2018
22-26th of October, 2018
Lyon, France
Registrations for TPAC are here
OZeWAI 2018
21-23rd of November, 2018
ABC Studios, Sydney
Interested in sharing your ideas, experience or a case study at the OZeWAI conference? The deadline for proposals has been extended to the 20th of September, 2018.
Register for OZeWAI or submit a proposal here

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If you haven't already, take a look at our Facebook page for daily updates and some excellent accessibility articles and resources, there really is a lot on there. We also have a Twitter feed, as well as LinkedIn. All these links are below for future reference, so have a click around, and share this with your friends.

Please do remember to take a moment to look at our website and as always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and any feedback you may have!
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