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WAI DA Update, October 2002

This update provides information on activities of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), for the Web Accessibility Initiative Design for All (WAI DA) Project in Europe. Please circulate to other mailing lists as appropriate, avoiding cross-postings where possible.


  1. Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) Meeting 7 - 8 November in Copenhagen
  2. Web Accessibility Initiative Receives Roland Wagner Award at ICCHP 2002
  3. New WCAG 2.0 Working Draft Available for Comment
  4. XML Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Working Draft Available for Comment
  5. User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Complete Candidate Recommendation and Last Call
  6. About the Web Accessibility Initiative and this WAI DA Update

1. Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) Meeting 7-8 November in Copenhagen

The EOWG will meet on 7 - 8 November 2002, in Copenhagen, Denmark, following the IST 2002 Conference. The focus of the 7 November session will be on exchanging information about promotion and implementation of W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The 8 November session will include training on evaluation of Web site accessibility, and demonstrations of training approaches from others involved in Web accessibility. Information on upcoming WAI meetings can regularly be found in the News section of the WAI home page.

2. Web Accessibility Initiative Receives Roland Wagner Award at ICCHP 2002

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) received the Roland Wagner Award at the International Conference on Computers Helping People (ICCHP) on 17 July 2002 in Linz, Austria. The award was given by the Austrian Computer Society, in recognition of WAI's international contributions to making Web technologies accessible to the broadest possible audience.

3. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Working Draft Available for Comment

Comments are invited on the most recent working draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. WCAG 2.0 applies to a wider range of Web technologies than WCAG 1.0, and is intended to be understandable to a more varied audience. Please note that WCAG 1.0 will remain stable and referenceable for the foreseeable future. Questions on which the Working Group particularly invites comment for this draft include ease of comprehension, priority structure, and suitability for eventual migration from WCAG 1.0.

4. XML Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Working Draft Available for Comment

The Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) recently published a new draft of the XML Accessibility Guidelines (XAG). These guidelines explain how to make new XML applications (such as XHTML or SVG) better support accessibility. The PFWG maintains a series of documents about XAG's development, including information on where to send comments.

5. User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Complete Candidate Recommendation and Last Call

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, which address accessibility of browsers and multimedia players, and their interoperability with assistive technologies, have completed Candidate Recommendation and Last Call. During Candidate Recommendation, the Working Group documented implementations of all of the checkpoints in the guidelines. The Working Group has requested that the document advance to Proposed Recommendation, and a decision by W3C may be taken on that shortly. The latest version of the document and implementation reports are available:

6. About the Web Accessibility Initiative and this WAI DA Update

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is based at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international consortium promoting the evolution of the Web. WAI addresses accessibility of the Web for people with disabilities through a variety of activities including technical and guidelines development and educational work. WAI Design for All (WAI DA) is a project of WAI, funded by the EC Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, to increase outreach and localizations of Web accessibility information in Europe. The WAI TIES Project, with a similar focus on Web accessibility, will be introduced in the next update. Additional information is available:
        W3C http://www.w3.org/
        WAI http://www.w3.org/WAI/
        WAI Resources http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/
        WAI DA http://www.w3.org/WAI/waida/

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Sylvie Duchateau for the WAI DA Project
Judy Brewer, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

Last updated 11 October 2002 by Judy Brewer jbrewer @w3.org

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