WAI: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to
people with disabilities
[DRAFT - very rough concepts only] Introduction to W3C Process
Note: This document is a very rough
initial concept draft only and should not be referenced or quoted
under any circumstances.
$Date: 2006/08/01 20:45:11 $ [changelog]
... this is just a simplified version, for the definitive info, see the W3C Process
Document, Section 7: W3C Technical Report Development Process.
NOTE: draft image borrowed from elsewhere, needs clean up
W3C Recommendation Track Steps (playing with table format)
||To Get Here
||During this Stage
|Working Draft (WD)
||Published specifically for review by the community, including W3C
Members, the public, and other technical organizations.
||Note, for WAI, previous drafts and gropus working are all publicly
visible, and available for public comment.
|Last Call Working Draft (LCWD)
|Candidate Recommendation (CR)
||W3C believes has been widely reviewed and satisfies the Working
Group's technical requirements.
||Purpose: gather implementation experience.
|Proposed Recommendation (PR)
||mature technical report that, after wide review for technical
soundness and implementability,
||Sent to the W3C Advisory Committee for final endorsement.
||has received the endorsement of W3C Members and the Director.
||W3C recommends the wide deployment of its Recommendations. W3C
Recommendations are similar to the standards published by other
W3C Recommendation Track Steps (playing with lists)
- Developed with @@
- The Director must approve the publication of a first pubnlic working
- Publication Development continues, with extensive feedback from members
Last Call Working Draft
- @@ Requirements of the WG charter have been fulfilled
- @@ All issues raised during review period have been formally
- @@All issues raised during the Last Call review period have been
- @@ Paper trail related to the resolution and follow up of:
requirements, formal objections, dependencies, etc.
- @@ Implementation period starts
- @@The WG has formally address issues raised during reviews and reported
all formal objections
@@ Each feature of the technical report has been implemented (and at
- @@ Significant support from AC, Team, W3C WGs and the public
- @@ Consensus
WAI W3C Recommendations/Standards
Essential Components of Web Accessibility shows how Web accessibility depends on several components working together and introduces the 3 WAI guidelines:
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)
ATAG 1.0 was approved as a W3C Recommendation in February 2000. The last ATAG 2.0 Working Draft was November 2005. Currently addressing comments.
Something about relationship and doesn't have to be in synch with WCAG 2.0 exactly.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
WCAG 1.0 was approved as a W3C Recommendation in May 1999. WCAG 2.0 has had nine public Working Draft announcement. WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft was announced in April 2006. Currently addressing comments.
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG)
UAAG 1.0 was approved as a W3C Recommendation in December 2002. There aren't any plans for another version at this time.