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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

WCAG-EM Provides Methodology for Evaluating Web Accessibility

WAI is pleased to announce publication of the completed Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) 1.0 as an informative W3C Working Group Note. WCAG-EM describes an approach for evaluating how websites, including Web applications and websites for mobile devices, conform to WCAG 2.0. WCAG-EM provides guidance for individuals and organizations that evaluate web accessibility, and is also useful for those that have others evaluate their website. Learn more from the WCAG-EM Overview. (2014-July-10)

For Review: IndieUI User Context for web interface preferences

IndieUI: User Context 1.0 – Contextual Information for User Interface Independence defines a set of preferences that users can choose to expose to web applications, and an API for user agents to access the preferences. IndieUI: User Context complements IndieUI: Events 1.0 to provide web application developers a uniform way to design web applications that work in a wide range of contexts — different devices (such as mobile phones and tablets), different assistive technologies (AT), different user needs. A First Public Working Draft of IndieUI User Context is available for review. Please see the Call for Review: IndieUI User Context for web interface preferences e-mail for more information. (2014-June-26)

For Review: Using WAI-ARIA in HTML Working Draft

An update Working Draft of Using WAI-ARIA in HTML is available for review. Using WAI-ARIA in HTML is a practical guide for developers on how to add accessibility information to HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA). For information on updates to this draft and submitting comments, see the Call for Review: Using WAI-ARIA in HTML Working Draft e-mail. (2014-June-26)

For Review: Core Accessibility API Mappings (Core-AAM) and WAI-ARIA 1.1 Working Drafts

Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.1 (Core-AAM) is available for review as a First Public Working Draft, along with an updated Working Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1. For an introduction to Core-AAM and information on updates in this draft of WAI-ARIA, see the Call for Review: Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.1 (Core-AAM) and WAI-ARIA 1.1 e-mail. Please send comments by 11 July 2014. (2014-June-12)

For Review: IndieUI Events (for Mobile and More) Draft Updated

An updated Working Draft of IndieUI: Events is available for review. IndieUI defines a way for different user interactions to be translated into simple events and communicated to web applications. This draft includes new events and a refined technical model. See:

Please send comments on this draft by 27 June 2014. (2014-May-29)

WAI-ARIA 1.0 is a W3C Recommendation

Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 and the WAI-ARIA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide were published today as W3C Recommendations. WAI-ARIA is a technical specification for making dynamic, interactive Web content accessible to people with disabilities. WAI-ARIA and supporting documents are described in the WAI-ARIA Overview. Please see more information in the WAI-ARIA Expands Web Accessibility blog post and W3C's Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 Expands Accessibility of the Open Web Platform press release. (2014-March-20)

Web Accessibility Tutorials: Ready for Your Input

Draft Web Accessibility Tutorials are now ready for your input. See more info in the Web Accessibility Tutorials in Progress e-mail. (2014-March-17)

Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility is updated for the holidays

Have you ever wondered: "Is this web page accessible?" Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility provides simple steps to start assessing web accessibility. It is designed for anyone who can use the Web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are intended to be quick and easy, rather than definitive. We welcome your suggestions and comments to the publicly-archived list wai-eo-editors@w3.org. (2013-Dec-20)

Cognitive Accessibility Task Force: Seeking Participation

A new Cognitive Accessibility Task Force will develop more specific guidance on meeting the web accessibility needs of people with cognitive and learning disabilities. To learn more, see the Cognitive Accessibility Task Force home page. (2013-Nov-06)

Mobile Accessibility Task Force: Seeking Participation

A new Mobile Accessibility Task Force will develop more specific guidance on mobile accessibility related to WCAG and UAAG. It will build on WAI's current accessibility standards that address mobile accessibility and supplement related work in other areas, such as IndieUI and HTML5. To learn about participating in the Mobile Accessibility Task Force, see the Mobile Accessibility Task Force - Seeking Participation e-mail. (2013-Oct-01)

WCAG2ICT Note: Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web ICT

WAI is pleased to announce publication of the completed Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT) as an informative W3C Working Group Note. WCAG2ICT provides guidance on the interpretation and application of WCAG 2.0 to non-web documents and software. It is the result of a collaborative effort to support harmonized accessibility solutions across a range of technologies. Learn more from the WCAG2ICT Overview. (2013-Sept-05)

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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