DTA updates COVIDSafe with more languages


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 07 July, 2020

DTA updates COVIDSafe with more languages

The Digital Transformation Agency has updated the COVIDSafe app to add support for the five most spoken languages in Australia other than English.

The app is now available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Arabic and Korean as part of the latest accessibility enhancement.

The COVIDSafe website has also been updated with topics in each of the five languages. The DTA said it is exploring adding more languages to the app in future releases.

Meanwhile, the DTA has translated the user guide detailing how to download, install and register the app into 63 languages.

Other updates focus on extending the phone orientation to landscape mode, allowing for dynamic text and implementing improvements in terms of support for screen reader technologies.

In response to feedback, the agency has also extended the guidance covering smartphones that automatically optimises the battery in ways that may affect the operation of COVIDSafe by, for example, disabling Bluetooth.

Further user enhancements are planned as part of efforts to ensure compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Level 2 AA standard within the next two releases.

“The Australian community can continue to have confidence that the app is working securely and effectively. We strongly encourage everyone using COVIDSafe to update to the latest version to benefit from these improvements,” the agency said in a statement.

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