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WCAG 2.1—A New Version of Accessibility Guidelines

Judy Brewer
Michael Cooper
Andrew Kirkpatrick, or


World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG)

Currently developing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1


WCAG 2.1

First Public Working Draft published this week, 28 February 2017

From WCAG 2.0 to WCAG 2.1

Emergence of new needs

Over the years:

Therefore need for guidelines that build on WCAG 2.0

Initially WCAG 2.0 extensions were proposed

Focus shifted to a dot-release to harmonize conformance model

Development of Success Criteria

Task Forces developed proposals for:

Approx. 60 proposals submitted last December

AG WG vetting proposals.

Success Criteria requirements:

Understanding this first draft

New Success Criteria

These Success Criteria:

Public comments on these proposals will help shape and prioritize efforts

Next steps on WCAG 2.1

In 2017 AG WG will continue processing SC, including ones not included in the FPWD

Publish additional public Working Drafts as well as support materials (Understanding, Techniques)

Wrap up main work by end of this year and proceed to ratification stages


Work also happening on 3.0 guidelines, and work could happen on WCAG 2.2 if needed

Guidelines development process

Ways to contribute

Questions, Discussion


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