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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG)

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Announcements and Meetings

16 September 2014 - the Working Group has published updated versions of Understanding WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.0 Techniques.

The WCAG Working Group will meet face to face on 26 and 27 October 2014 in Santa Clara, California.

Publications

WCAG 2.0 was published as a W3C Recommendation 11 December 2008. This document is accompanied by other support materials (updated 16 September 2014) produced by the WCAG Working Group:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 is the normative document; the rest are supporting documents.

Please view the public comment instructions if you would like to comment to the Working Group. Comments submitted are publicly available in the archive for the WCAG 2.0 public comments mailing list.

WCAG WG Meetings

The WCAG WG meets Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time (UTC 15:00 to 16:30 during Standard Time; UTC 16:00 to 17:30 during Daylight Time) via teleconference bridge: +1 617.761.6200 passcode 9224 ("WCAG"). To find what time this is in your region, please consult the world clock time zone converter. Please read "User Instructions for the W3C Zakim Teleconference Bridge".

We use IRC during meetings and for discussion during the week. This channel is only for members of the Working Group. IRC server: irc.w3.org:6665, channel #wai-wcag. More info about irc is available from IRC help.

Minutes from previous meetings are available.

Current Work

WCAG 2.0

Guidelines

Understanding WCAG 2.0

Techniques for WCAG 2.0

Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT)

Testing WCAG 2.0

The Test Samples Development Task Force previously developed some preliminary tests. The WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF) is working on ways to use tests.

Translations of WCAG 2.0

Translations of WCAG 2.0 have been undertaken to increase awareness and facilitate feedback on the drafts. The WCAG 2.0 translations page lists translations that are available at this time.

WCAG 1.0

Publications

Related documents not published by the WCAG WG

About WCAG WG

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) is to develop guidelines to make Web content accessible for people with disabilities.

Chair and Contacts

Charter

Current WCAG WG charter

Task Forces

The WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF) will develop an internationally harmonized methodology for evaluating the conformance of websites to WCAG 2.0, that supports different contexts, such as for self-assessment or third-party evaluation of small or larger websites.

The HTML 5 Techniques for WCAG 2.0 Task Force will develop techniques for authors to make HTML 5 content conform to WCAG 2.0.

The Mobile Accessibility Task Force (Mobile A11Y TF) will produce techniques, understanding and guidance documents as well as updates to existing related W3C / WAI material that addresses the mobile space.

The Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (COGA TF) will draft proposed guidance and techniques to make web content, content authoring, and user agent implementation accessible and more useable by people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

The Tests Samples Development Task Force (TSD TF) develops minimal examples of Web content to demonstrate correct and incorrect implementation of WCAG 2.0. This Task Force is currently inactive.

The WCAG2ICT Task Force will develop documentation describing how to apply WCAG 2.0 and its principles, guidelines, success criteria and conformance requirements to non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). This Task Force is currently inactive.

Mailing Lists

When using the WCAG WG mailing list:

  1. Treat other list members with respect.
  2. Keep comments within the scope of this group (see WCAG WG Charter).
  3. When raising an issue:
    • provide a clear subject line including the checkpoint(s) it relates to;
    • explain the issue briefly;
    • propose a brief & specific solution;
    • for longer comments, put a summary at the beginning.
  4. When replying:
    • keep your reply comments near the top of a message;
    • only quote essential parts of a previous message;
    • if there are multiple topics, break them into separate emails to facilitate threading and to keep the subject line accurate.
  5. Please send any questions about the WCAG WG mailing list itself to the Chairs or Team Contact, not the whole list.
  6. No soliciting.

Participation

Patent Disclosures

W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent.

Additional Information