W3C

All posts by Shadi Abou-Zahra

Loving and Leaving W3C

I love my work at W3C. Being part of the team striving to lead the Web to its full potential and to make it more accessible to millions of people with disabilities around the world is my passion. This August will mark my 18-year anniversary working for this unique organization, of which I cherish every […]
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Calibrate Your Accessibility Evaluation With ACT

Today W3C published Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation (web standard). It was the joint work of many people over the past three years. What does this standard do? The standard defines a format for writing accessibility test rules. These rules can then be shared, compared, and implemented by developers […]
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Harmonized Accessibility Testing

The first accessibility testing tools and methodologies emerged soon after first publication of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) in 1999. Already back then some of these implemented slightly different interpretations of WCAG. For example, a method may mistakenly fail text alternatives that are too long when that is not actually defined by WCAG. […]
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How to Create Accessibility Statements

Accessibility statements inform users about the accessibility of your website, mobile application, and other digital content. They demonstrate your commitment to accessibility, and to the inclusion of people with disabilities. They can be as simple as briefly outlining that commitment and providing information on how users can get help, should they encounter difficulty in using […]
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WCAG 2.1 Adoption in Europe

Last week the three official European Standards Organizations (ESOs), CEN, CENELEC, and ETSI, published an updated version of EN 301 549 “Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services”. The most significant change in this version is adoption of the W3C “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1″ for web content, electronic documents, and non-web software, such […]
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W3C’s WAI-ACT Project Identified as ‘Key Innovator’

Today the new EU Innovation Radar was launched to recognize high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research. Among them is the W3C WAI-ACT Project (grant 287725 of the 7th Framework Programme), which was ranked among the top ten ‘high capacity innovation projects’ (third place in SME ranking) in the JRC Science and Policy Report […]
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Accessibility: Review of 2017 and Outlook for 2018

2017 was another busy year for the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This includes developments in the technical and educational areas of WAI, as well as in international standards coordination and harmonization. Much of the results are expected to become more visible and tangible this year, in 2018. WCAG 2.1 The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has […]
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WAI-Tools Project Launched

The WAI-Tools Project, co-funded by the European Commission, was launched on 1 November 2017. The primary objective of the project is to support the W3C work on Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT), to provide a common interpretation of WCAG 2 in evaluation tools and methodologies. The project will develop automated, semi-automated, and manual test rules that […]
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Video: Web Accessibility Standards and Benefits

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) published a four-minute video introducing web accessibility, standards, and benefits: Watch “Web Accessibility” (4:07) This video was published on December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is part of an accessibility project the Internet Society (ISOC) is working on to realize their vision: “The Internet is […]
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