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Documents in Progress

The WAI Interest Group (WAI IG) page lists documents in progress, such as accessibility guidelines WAI-ARIA 1.0, UAAG 2.0, and ATAG 2.0.

Highlights

W3C to Receive Emmy® for Work on Accessible Captioning

W3C will receive a Technology & Engineering Emmy ® Award for work on standardization and pioneering development of broadband captioning. W3C's Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) helps make video content more accessible to people with disabilities, particularly people who are deaf or hard of hearing, through text captioning. More info about the award and about TTML is available in a press release, and info about WAI's related work is in the W3C to Receive Emmy® for Work on Accessible Captioning e-mail. Thanks to everyone who contributes to accessibility work through W3C and WAI! (2016-Jan-05)

For Review: Updated WCAG Techniques & Understanding WCAG

WAI announces a Call for Review of draft updates to supporting documents for WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 (Public Review Draft) and Understanding WCAG 2.0 (Public Review Draft). (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) To learn more about the updates, see Call for Review: WCAG 2.0 Techniques Draft Updates e-mail. Please submit comments by 29 January 2015. (2016-01-07)

For Review: Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions - First Public Working Draft

A First Public Working Draft of Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions is available for review. For information on this draft, see the Call for Review: Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions - First Public Working Draft e-mail and "Shaping the WCAG 2.0 extensions" blog post. Please send comments by 5 February 2016. (2016-Jan-05)

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and UAAG 2.0 Reference published as Working Group Notes

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) has published User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG 2.0) and UAAG 2.0 Reference as W3C Working Group Notes. UAAG 2.0 defines how browsers, media players, and other “user agents” should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. Although W3C does not currently have plans to advance UAAG 2.0 to Recommendation, the need and opportunity to improve accessibility in user agents still exists. We hope that this work will be continued in future combined Guidelines group. UAAG 2.0 provides specific accessibility guidance for user agent developers who want to build a better user experience for all users. See the UAAG Published as Notes e-mail for additional info. (2015-Dec-15)

Media Accessibility User Requirements Working Group Note

Media Accessibility User Requirements has been published as a Working Group Note. For information on this publication, see the MAUR Note announcement e-mail and MAUR Note blog post. (2015-Dec-03)

For Review: WAI-ARIA Graphics Module First Public Working Draft

A First Public Working Draft of WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 is available for review. For information on this draft, see the Call for Review: WAI-ARIA Graphics Module First Public Working Draft e-mail and Graphics Roles blog post. Please send comments by 15 January 2016. (2015-Dec-03)

For Review: Digital Publishing API Mappings First Public Working Draft

A First Public Working Draft of Digital Publishing Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 (DPub-AAM) is available for review. For information on updates in this draft, see the Call for Review: Digital Publishing Accessibility API Mappings First Public Working Draft e-mail. Please send comments by 15 January 2016. (2015-Dec-03)

For Review: HTML Accessibility API Mappings First Public Working Draft

An updated Working Draft of HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 (HTML-AAM) is available for review. For information on updates in this draft, see the Call for Review: HTML-AAM Working Drafts e-mail. Please send comments by 15 January 2016. (2015-Dec-03)

For Review: WAI-ARIA 1.1, Accessibility API Mappings, and WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices Working Drafts

Updated Working Drafts of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1, Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.1 (Core-AAM), Accessible Name and Description: Computation and API Mappings 1.1 (AccName-AAM), SVG Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 (SVG-AAM), and WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 are available for review. For information on updates in these drafts, see the Call for Review: WAI-ARIA 1.1 and AAM Working Drafts e-mail. Please send comments by 15 January 2016. (2015-Nov-19)

For Review: Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module Working Draft

Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 is available for review as a First Public Working Draft. This specification extends WAI-ARIA 1.1 to facilitate automated processing and accessibility support for digital publications. This specification extends WAI-ARIA 1.1 to define an ontology of roles, states, and properties specific to digital publishing to allow authors to convey structural information to assistive technologies, and to enable semantic navigation, styling, and interactive features used by readers. For more information, see the [Call for Review: Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module Working Draft e-mail. Please send comments by 15 January 2016. (2015-Nov-19)

For Review: How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference

WAI invites you to review the draft redesign of How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques. It is intended to replace the current How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference. We welcome comments on the user interface and the filtering by 2 December, preferrably via GitHub, or alternatively via e-mail to wai-eo-editors@w3.org. (2015-Nov-17)

Tips for Getting Started with Web Accessibility

Tips for Getting Started with Web Accessibility are designed to meet the needs of web developers, designers, writers, and others who want practical starting points for implementing web accessibility and WCAG 2.0 in their work. Three Tips pages are available now:

We welcome your input on improving these pages. Near the bottom of each page are links to GitHub and e-mail for comments. (2015-Oct-01)

ATAG 2.0 is a W3C Recommendation

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 was published today as a completed web standard. ATAG provides guidelines for designing web content authoring tools that are both more accessible to authors with disabilities (Part A) and designed to enable, support, and promote the production of more accessible web content by all authors (Part B). Selecting authoring tools that conform to ATAG 2.0 can facilitate the process of creating accessible Web content, and can also remove barriers to content creation by people with disabilities. Implementing ATAG 2.0 has been published as a Working Group Note to provide additional explanation, examples and resources for the ATAG 2.0 success criteria. (2015-Sept-24)

For Review: User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0

Updated Working Drafts of UAAG 2.0 and the UAAG 2.0 Reference: Explanations, Examples, and Resources for User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 are now available for review. UAAG defines how browsers, browser extensions, media players, readers, and other "user agents" should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. UAAG 2.0 is changing from a W3C Recommendation track document to a Working Group Note. It is introduced in the UAAG Overview. Please send any comments by 13 October 2015. (2015-Sept-15)

Low Vision Accessibility Task Force: Seeking Participation

A new Low Vision Accessibility Task Force will develop more specific guidance on meeting the web accessibility needs of people with low vision. To learn more, see the Low Vision Accessibility Task Force home page. (2015-Aug-18)

Additional highlights are in the Highlights Archive.
WAI home page Highlights are edited by Shawn Henry, WAI's Education and Outreach Working Group, and other WAI Team and Working Groups.

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