WCAG Next Possible Models/Model 5


WCAG 2.1 by Readiness, one time release with all task forces weighing in

This model proposes a release of A WCAG 2.x, as a one time update that is *not* based so much on a shipping deadline, but rather waits for each task forces to divide their output into candidate new Success Criteria, and best practices, and these have been vetted by the larger group to ensure:

  1. They are suitable, reasonable, testable requirements
  2. Wording for Success Criteria, consistent with the current document.
  3. The don't collide with other SC's from other task forces.
  4. They can be incorporated into the other Success Criteria without undue disruption to the existing standard.

Where there is a collision between two new Success Criteria from different task forces, the Success Criteria will be combined, and the language massaged so the needs of both task forces are met.

Best Practices

Some of the recommendations from the task forces cannot meet the rigorous demands of the Success Criteria listed above. These recommendations may become Best Practices. Best practices should be given a new special place in the WCAG 2.1, to raise their profile without making them requirements. This will help proliferate techniques which cannot meet the strict constraints of success criteria above. This may help previous issues of very good techniques that cannot be testable, become more widely used. All work would be done under the existing Charter. Then integrate all at once under new charter, next year WCAG 2.1

Graphic of description of model 5 from above

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Pros and Cons chart of the possible models for WCAG next.
WCAG next model Pros Cons Observations
WCAG 2.x One time amalgamation
  1. avoids "ghettoization" of specific disability groups, because the new requirements are not listed by disability, but rather included proposed SC into 2.1
  2. Has better chance of adoption by jurisdictions, lawmakers, companies, etc, because it is a stable and significant release, (rather than part of a series of new dot.x based on date such as the previous model)...
  3. it will be useful for a number of years until the larger 3.0 is ready.
  4. All of the leg work will be done under the current charter, and then next year when we are rechartered, we release this work under 2.1
  1. Requires all task forces to be finished. Can't be accepted until consensus, including resolving comments, and this could delay it.