Web Accessibility

W3CWeb Accessibility Initiative      

Leading the Web to its full potential.

Charles McCathieNevile --charles@w3.org

Slides: http://www.w3.org/2002/Talks/0429-olbl/




5 W3C domains (as per previous

Web Accessiblity Initiative

WAI does Guidelines. But also...

Other WAI Guidelines

Authoring Tools: http://www.w3.org/TR/ATAG10
Recommendation 2000, for all content tools
User Agent: http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG10
For browsers and plugins. Nearly ready...
XML Guidelines: http://www.w3.org/TR/xag
For new languages. First Public Draft.

Principles of Accessible Design

Structure of the guidelines

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines


Anatomy of a Guideline

Guideline 2
red-green colour-blindness is very common
there are other forms
related to needs for monochrome systems
Guideline 14
requirements for different groups
noted benefit to general productivity

WCAG future...

WCAG hit and myth:

Web Content Guidelines are not...

Multimedia and Accessibility

Closed World Systems?

Range of tools


the bottom line is?

WCAG is a technical spec.

Develop implementation plan

Aim for at least double-A

Demand ATAG conformance from tools

Do developers know W3C standards?