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This document describes in a general way the relationship between Web content accessibility and making content suitable for mobile Web. It explains the similarities and differences between the two approaches and contains links to other documents that describe in detail the relationships between the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP).
This document makes primary reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 and the 11 December 2007 draft of WCAG 2.0 and Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0. New versions of these documents are expected to be produced during the life of this document. New versions of this document should be produced as soon as new versions of the referenced Recommendations are published and well understood.
This document is part of a suite describing the relationship between WCAG and MWBP. There is a general introduction and five other documents. Of the five, you may find that only one will is of interest to you depending on your current situation. At the time of publication there is one version of the MWBP and two versions of WCAG, version 2.0 being a draft.
Readers of this document are expected to be familiar with the creation of Web sites, and to have a general familiarity with the technologies involved, such as Web servers and HTTP. Readers are not expected to have a background in mobile-specific technologies. it is important to understand the other W3C Recommendations to which it refers (see Related Documents of Interest).
Our intention is to make it clear to all involved what the Best Practices are, and hence establish a common basis of understanding. As a result of wishing to be clear to those not already involved in the development of mobile friendly content, some of our statements may appear to be obvious or trivial to those with experience in this area.
The document is not targeted solely at developers; others, such as interaction and graphic designers are encouraged to read it.
Many readers of the document are likely to have a good knowledge of general Web accessibility but are concerned with the problems of persons with disabilities in the mobile context.
This document describes the relationships, overlaps and differences between [MWBP] and [WCAG]. It also describes the relationships between content characteristics and the effects these have on users with disabilities in all contexts and all users in the mobile context.
At the time of writing there is a draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. The MWBP make direct reference to WCAG 1.0 and many of the concepts described relate directly to those in that version. Like WCAG 1.0, MWBP 1.0 assumes content in HTML. This document covers the WCAG 1.0 recommendation and WCAG 2.0 in the the latest available draft available at the time of publication.
Web accessibility for people with disabilities is beyond the scope of this document except where it especially affects mobile users. It is described in [WCAG]. The needs of users in the mobile Web context is beyod the scope of this document except where it especially affects users with disabilities. It is described in [MWBP].
This document does not create any further requirements beyond those defined in the [MWBP] and [WCAG].
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