W3C Staff Judy Brewer is the 2018 ACM SIGACCESS Award honoree

27 July 2018 | Archive

Portrait of Judy Brewer On 25 July the ACM has announced W3C’s Judy Brewer as the recipient of the 2018 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.

The SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies that improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. This award recognizes members of the community for long-term accomplishments or those who have made a notable impact through a significant innovation.

Judy Brewer is Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. For the past 21 years, under Judy’s leadership, WAI has developed key accessibility standards, prominent amongst which are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG), and Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA).

As part of the award, Judy has been invited to present a keynote talk at the ASSETS Conference on October 22nd. Read more about about the SIGACCESS Award, about WCAG and WAI.

W3C Invites Implementations of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.1

26 July 2018 | Archive

The Timed Text Working Group invites implementations of an updated Candidate Recommendation of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.1. This specification defines two profiles of [ttml2-20180628]: a text-only profile and an image-only profile. These profiles are intended to be used across subtitle and caption delivery applications worldwide, thereby simplifying interoperability, consistent rendering and conversion to other subtitling and captioning formats. This specification improves on [ttml-imsc1.0.1] by supporting contemporary practices, while retaining compatibility with [ttml-imsc1.0.1] documents. Relative to [ttml-imsc1.0.1], any addition or deprecation of features are summarized at Appendix L. Summary of substantive changes (non-normative).

WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 Working Group Note Updated

26 July 2018 | Archive

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published an updated Working Group Note of WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1. WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 was previously published as a Working Group Note in December 2017, to accompany the WAI-ARIA 1.1 Recommendation. Since then, the group has added an additional design pattern and examples, and improved the quality of many of the other design patterns and examples, to improve the support for WAI-ARIA 1.1. Separately, as recently announced, WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.2 is under development, which includes the improvements in this document plus additional features specific to WAI-ARIA 1.2. Each version of WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices is specific to the corresponding version of WAI-ARIA. Read about the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

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