First Public Working Draft: W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

21 January 2021 | Archive

Screenshot showing the w3c logo and the title of the WCAG 3 W3C Accessibility Guidelines 3The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3 has several differences from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.

WCAG 3 is intended to be easier to understand and more flexible than WCAG 2. The flexibility is to address different types of web content, apps, and tools — as well as organizations and people with disabilities. The goals for WCAG 3 are introduced in the Requirements for WCAG 3.0 First Public Working Draft, which was also published today. WCAG 3 proposes a different name, scope, structure, and conformance model.

We encourage you to start by reading the WCAG 3 Introduction first to get important background on WCAG 3 development, review guidance, and timeline.

We are seeking input from evaluators, developers, designers, project managers, policy makers, people with disabilities, and others — particularly on the structure and the draft conformance model. Additional review guidance is in the blog post WCAG 3 FPWD Published. Please submit comments by 26 February 2021.

W3C launches MiniApps Working Group

19 January 2021 | Archive

W3C launched today the MiniApps Working Group. We invite W3C Members to join the group and drive collaboration on clarifying requirements and producing specifications that facilitate the development of interoperable and robust MiniApps.

MiniApp as a new form of mobile application, leveraging both Web technologies (especially CSS and JavaScript) as well as capabilities of native applications, is gaining more and more popularity. The MiniApps Working Group aims to harmonize the heterogeneous MiniApp ecosystem, enable interoperability among the different MiniApp platforms, maximize the convergence of MiniApps and the World Wide Web, reduce the development costs and facilitate the adoption of this technology.

For more information, see the MiniApps Working Group Charter and the blog post W3C Launches the MiniApps Working Group to ensure MiniApps Cohesiveness with Web Architecture.

Interest Group Note: The Responsible Use of Spatial Data

19 January 2021 | Archive

The Spatial Data on the Web Interest Group has published a Group Note of The Responsible Use of Spatial Data. This note highlights some of the unique characteristics of spatial data within the broader realm of ethical use of data. A brief analysis of the relationship between law and ethics explains that responsible use is not mandatory. Nevertheless, both legal and ethical frameworks play an important role in shaping what can be considered “responsible”. As do the perspectives of those who interact closely with spatial data: the developers, the users and the regulators. Therefore this note not only provides an insight into the relevant legislation and ethics guidelines, but also considers the principles of ethical data sharing from each of these three perspectives. The principles are made practical by providing concrete communication guidelines and showing examples of good practice.

First Public Working Draft: CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 5

19 January 2021 | Archive

The CSS Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 5. This CSS module describes how to collate style rules and assign values to all properties on all elements. By way of cascading and inheritance, values are propagated for all properties on all elements. New in this level is cascade layers.

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