Web 2.0 Accessibility

Tim Berners-Lee, director of the W3C and inventor of the World Wide Web, thanked and encouraged fellow Web technologists to sustain his original vision of an open, interoperable and decentralized Web for everyone in the world in his keynote speech at the Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) in Lisbon, Portugal last week. Moreover, topping the technical discussions of the groups chartered by W3C regarding advancements to the Open Web Platform and industry requirements for the next generation of the Web was Accessibility.

Currently WCAG 2.0 is the standard for Web sites and has been adopted globally by many governments and organizations. Next steps around expanding features and chartering new work for WCAG 2.1 by 2017 were discussed.   This includes providing and even more robust horizontal review of all W3C standard with the goal of ensuring accesses for everyone. Also, ARIA 1.1 is ready to advance to Candidate Recommendations and is evaluating implementations.

For more on TPAC read GAATES article, “W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web.” 

The W3C’s WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has made public the first version of Web Accessibility Perspectives, which introduces ten videos that explore the impact of accessibility on people with disabilities and how accessibility benefits everyone. The videos show how accessibility benefits everyone in different situations and inspires viewers to explore web accessibility. The WCAG 2.0 guidelines inform accessible web development.You can read more about the initiative at Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility issues encountered by people with different disabilities. The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, government, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. That means you.

Read the blog post by GAAD co-Founder Joe Devon that started it all and watch an interview with GAAD Co-Founder Jennison Asuncion. How can you take part? There are ideas and activities for you to mark GAAD at  Happy GAAD!

Accessibility Abbreviations

A11y
Accessibility (there are 11 letters between the and the y)
ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act
ANSI
American National Standards Institute
AT
Assistive Technology
CIF
Common Intermediate Format

On December 16, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00pm UTC, researchers, tutors and trainers, providers of online learning, developers of Learning Content Management System (LCMS), users with disabilities, and others are invited to participate in an online symposium on accessibility e-learning.

The symposium is being offered by the W3C Research and Development Working Group (RDWG). Participants will share e-learning experiences and research; discuss different approaches to address accessibility issues in e-learning contexts; and explore next steps to advance accessibility in e-learning environments, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs.)

Register on the W3C site.

Did you know that blind people can surf the Internet and deaf people can enjoy videos? Have you wondered how people with disabilities use mobile devices? Assistive technology (AT) empowers people with disabilities, yet it presents challenges for producers of online content.

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG) is inviting developers of authoring tools who would be interested in sharing their experience implementing the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 and commenting on a Working Draft of the Note Implementing ATAG 2.0.

The ATAG defines how authoring tools should help developers looking to produce web content that conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It also defines how to produce authoring tools that are accessible, so that people with disabilities can use them effectively.

Authoring tools include:

  • Content Management Systems (CMA)
  • Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • HTML editors
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Social media
  • Development environments

Developers interested in participating can contact AUWG by December 7th, 2013

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As Americans continue to rely on the web to perform everyday functions like shopping, banking and travel, web accessibility rises to the surface as a growing concern. In a major effort to make online communications accessible, DOT has implemented new rules as part of their continuing implementation of the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986.

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