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how to register .edu.au domain name

To register a domain name:

A registrar can provide you with a domain name. auDA, the Australian Domain Name Authority, provide an auDA accredited list of Australian registrars – this is a great place to find and then compare features of what each registrar offers.

How to register a edu.au domain name

Education Services Australia (ESA) is a registrar that is accredited by auDA. ESA are different to their counterparts as they provide the opportunity to request registration of .edu.au domain names through http://www.domainname.edu.au/ Please note that they are currently undergoing a site update and have closed off the request an edu.au domain name (till 21 March 2011).

If you really want the nitty gritty bureaucratic structure: “auDA has delegated responsibility for .edu.au to the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC), a cross-sectoral, national committee responsible for providing advice to the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) on the economic and effective utilisation of online technologies in Australian education and training. AICTEC has in turn delegated .edu.au policy authority to a subcommittee, the .edu.au Domain Administration Committee (eDAC)” Source: http://www.domainname.edu.au/registrar/faq

Are you eligible for an edu.au domain?

The edu.au domain is intended for recognised Australian education and training entities. The edu.au Eligibility Policy is a good way to find out if you are eligible or not.

Information you will need to provide?

At the time of requesting a edu.au domain, you need to provide information about the entity, for example the name and type of education and training institution, the education id (not always an easy number to find) and the Australian Business Number (ABN). You will also need to provide contact information, both technical and administrative contacts as well as how the domain name relates to your business. To find out what you are not able to register, refer to “Rejection List”

Additional Handy Info:

– the cost of an edu.au domain name is $110, for two years
– approval takes ten working days, or more during peak periods (see: http://www.domainname.edu.au/registrar/faq#10)

Have you registered a different type of domain name?

If you have registered an alternate domain name, I would be interested in knowing how you did it – for example bit.ly; magic.al; nongov.org.au


accessibility and legislation

My interest in HTML and CSS, while I have an interest in creating web sites, also relates to the necessity for my organisation to meet accessibility legislative requirements that have been set by the Australian government. By December 2012, the organisation I work for must comply with level A accessibility requirements. The webteam have set the challenge to exceed this and meet level AA accessibility requirements.

For more information on conformance, refer to http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#conformance-reqs

The primary challenge lay with the lack of conformance of marketing micro-sites that have been set up where accessibility was not on the agenda during development. Something worth knowing when developing a bells and whistles site is that if you do have the need to meet a specific level of conformance, you are able to develop a conforming alternate version.

If you are interested in knowing the specific requirements of an alternate conforming version and why WCAG are providing the option for an alternative, refer to http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/conformance.html#uc-conforming-alt-versions-head

One thing that is important is the need for the alternate conforming site to ‘provide all of the same information and functionality’ – this can be achieved through clean HTML and CSS. It is therefore, this reason that I am looking forward to learning more about HTML and CSS for a better understanding of how to support conformance of accessibility.

Does your organisation require conformance of a specific level of accessibility? Do you need to meet the legislative requirements? Does your team have similar challenges where there may be a number of designs and functionality that is not consistent across the organisation?