The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) is happy to announce it has published a new draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 for wide review.
The structure and content of WCAG 2.2 is the same as 2.1 and 2.0. Version 2.2 will include new accessibility requirements, called “success criteria”.
There were potential success criteria discussed during the development of 2.1 that needed more time or needed other specifications to mature. AG WG has continued to work on those potential success criteria. When a new success criterion was approved by the Working Group along with its supporting Understanding document and at least one Technique, then it was added to the WCAG 2.2 draft for wider review.
In this Working Draft there are nine new success criteria:
- 2.5.7 Dragging
- 2.5.8 Pointer Target Spacing
- 2.4.11 Focus Appearance (Minimum)
- 2.4.12 Focus Appearance (Enhanced)
- 2.4.13 Fixed Reference Points
- 3.2.6 Findable Help
- 3.2.7 Hidden Controls
- 3.3.7 Accessible Authentication
- 3.3.8 Redundant Entry
The new success criteria are introduced in What’s New in WCAG 2.2 Working Draft.
In addition to the above new success criteria, 2.4.7 Focus Visible has been promoted from Level AA to Level A.
The new success criteria address user needs of people with cognitive or learning disabilities, users of mobile devices, and users of ebooks. Note that success criteria in the Drafts may change or be removed before the final WCAG 2.2 is published.
No new success criteria will be added to WCAG 2.2 from this point. The purpose of this wide review is to collect input on understandability, testability, and utility of the success criteria that have been added.
Note on later versions: The AG WG is currently not planning to publish another version of WCAG 2, that is, not do a WCAG 2.3 — although that might change. We are working on a different accessibility standard with a different structure to succeed WCAG 2. In-progress, un-approved requirements for the standard are available. We will announce when information is more stable on future web accessibility standards.
Public feedback is really important to us. Based on this feedback, the proposed success criteria could be changed. We want to hear from users, authors, tool developers, policy makers, and others about benefits from the new proposed success criteria, as well as how achievable you feel it is to conform to the new success criteria. The main place to comment is on Github, or you can send email to email@example.com (comment archive). The Working Group requests that comments be submitted by 18 September 2020.
Over the next couple of months, the AG WG will process the input from the public. If comments lead to enough changes, there could be another review draft, then the guidelines will go through finalization stages, described in How WAI Develops Accessibility Standards through the W3C Process. The Working Group hopes to publish the final version of WCAG 2.2 as a “W3C Recommendation” web standard in mid 2021.
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