WCAG 2.0

On May 15, 2014 awareness of digital accessibility, which includes web, software, mobile applications and devises, will reach new heights. Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a community-driven effort with the goal of dedicating one day to raising awareness for digital accessibility to a broad audience. The hope is that awareness increases amongst designers, developers and other people involved in information communication technology (ICT).

Businesses and individuals who are looking for guidelines to help achieve accessibility for website or digital products can refer to the Section 508 or WCAG 2.0 guidelines. It may also be helpful to seek guidance from an accessibility consultant.   

The W3C is inviting people to submit ideas, suggestions or comments to a (publically-archived) mailing list. In addition, code can be contributed directly on Github. The tutorials on the Web Accessibility Tutorials page will provide guidance on creating websites that meet WCAG 2.0 standards. They provide assistance to people in a variety of roles:

  • Developers: boiler plate solution for many common issues
  • Designers: creating elements and composites that lend themselves to accessible code
  • Trainers: access to compelling examples to aid in accessible web design education
  • Content Authors: concepts and techniques for creating accessible content
  • Project Managers: principle for planning accessible websites.

While additional tutorials are coming, current tutorials cover the following topics:

  • Images
  • Tables
  • Forms
  • Sliders/Carousels

A number of the PDF example documents supporting the PDF techniques remain incorrect. Digital Access at Vision Australia have previously notified the W3C of the specific errors within these documents. The incorrect examples are likely to cause confusion for those that are new to implementing these techniques so we would suggest the examples are updated.

Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder of Interactive Accessibility and invited expert for the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group, Mobile Accessibility Task Force and WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, is presenting tonight at PixelMEDIA in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Kathy will discuss how the accessibility is changing and impacting today’s businesses. In addition, she will look at some of the coding and testing techniques that help bring websites and other digital content into compliance with WCAG 2.0 and Section 508.

Register for the event right away.

The W3C WAI announces a Call for Review of updates to two supporting documents for Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0. This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.

The supporting documents (W3C Working Group Notes) are updated periodically to reflect current practices and technologies. Previously they were updated about once a year. The WCAG Working Group now plans to update them more frequently.

The existing Techniques and Understanding documents remain in place as W3C Notes while these separate draft updates are under review and the WCAG Working Group addresses comments.

The following draft updates are available for review as Editors' Drafts:

If you are interested in actively contributing to the development of additional WCAG 2.0 techniques and support material through the WCAG Working Group, please see: Participating in WAI and contact Michael Cooper.

The website for Safeway’s grocery delivery will undergo accessibility and usability improvements. They will use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.0 Level AA as the standard for this effort.

Safeway worked on this initiative in structured negotiations with individual customers with visual impairments in California and Washington. The Law Offices of Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian of the Oakland, California civil rights firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho represented the Safeway shoppers.

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

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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