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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

For Review: Mobile Accessibility - How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply

Mobile Accessibility: How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply to Mobile is now available for your review as a First Public Working Draft. This document provides informative guidance, and does not set requirements. (It will not impact WCAG 2.0 itself; WCAG 2.0 is a stable standard.) Please see more information in the Call for Review: Mobile Accessibility - How WCAG 2.0 and Other W3C/WAI Guidelines Apply email. Comments are welcome by 26 March 2015. (2015-Feb-26)

HTML5 longdesc is a W3C Recommendation

The HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc) was published today as a completed web standard. This HTML5 extension defines a longdesc attribute that is used to provide links to detailed descriptions of images. More information is available in the HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc) is a W3C Recommendation e-mail. (2015-Feb-26)

For Review: SVG Accessibility API Mappings First Draft

SVG Accessibility API Mappings 1.1 (SVG-AAM) is available for review as a First Public Working Draft. This specification addresses scalable vector graphics (SVG) user agent developers. More information on its relationship with WAI-ARIA is available in the Call for Review: SVG Accessibility API Mappings Working Draft e-mail. Comments are welcome by 27 March 2015. (2015-Feb-26)

Updated February 2015: Understanding WCAG & WCAG Techniques

Updated supporting documents for WCAG 2.0 were published today: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) More information is available in the Understanding WCAG & WCAG Techniques Updated February 2015 e-mail. (2015-Feb-26)

For Review: Cognitive Accessibility User Research

We invite you to review the First Public Working Draft of Cognitive Accessibility User Research. This planned W3C Working Group Note describes the challenges of using web technologies for people with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities. It provides a basis for subsequent work to develop strategies and techniques to improve accessibility for these user groups. More information is in the Call for Review: Cognitive Accessibility User Research e-mail. Please send comments by 13 February 2015. (2015-01-15)

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

An updated Working Draft of IndieUI: Events - Events for User Interface Independence - is available for review. It 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 13 February 2015. (2015-01-15)

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool List: Call for Tool Information

An updated version of the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List is now available. Web accessibility evaluation tool vendors are encouraged to submit information about their tool to the list. (2014-Dec-18)

Web Accessibility Tutorials on Images and Tables

Web Accessibility Tutorials on Images and Tables are now available. Additional tutorials will be announced soon. These tutorials show you how to create web content that is accessible to people with disabilities and that improves the user experience for all users. They include general guidance, and specific examples for HTML5 and WAI-ARIA. (2014-Sept-11)

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)

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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