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What's New in WAI Web Accessibility Standards

Jeanne Spellman, <>

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Section 508 and WCAG

Section 508 and WCAG are both accessibility "standards"

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

WCAG Principles

Perceivable - Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.

Operable - User interface components and navigation must be operable.

Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.

Robust - Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

For more info, see WCAG 2 at a Glance and WCAG Overview

What's New with WCAG 2?

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0

More accessible browsers and media players (aka "user agents") will improve accessibility for all, without requiring more knowledgeable developers

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0

Why not have tools that create accessible content by default, like: HTML Editors, blogs, wikis, social networking, content management systems (CMS), integrated development environments, etc?


Other new work from Web Accessibility Initiative

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What would the web be like if it were easy to make accessible content
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

Authors have disabilities, too

ATAG PART A: Make the authoring tool user interface accessible

Develop tools that meet accessibility standards

Principle A.1: Authoring tool user interfaces must follow applicable accessibility guidelines .


Principle A.2: Editing-views must be perceivable


Principle A.3: Editing-views must be operable


Principle A.4: Editing-views must be understandable

Produce accessible content

ATAG PART B: Support the production of accessible content

Accessible Templates Gallery and Challenge

July 19 Brainstorming Session

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Tech Challenges that could make a difference for accessibility?

Authoring Accessible Content Should be Easier

Gallery of Accessible Web Templates & Widgets


This is a template file you can copy and edit on your own server.


Accessibility-supporting widgets are code or scripts for interactive functions such as:

A White-House sponsored forum for posting challenges for public contributions

Accessible Templates Gallery

How Can I Contribute?

Resources to Help Build Gallery Submissions

Web Accessibility Initiative Home Page