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W3C hearing the concerns the EME recommendation raises

We are hearing a great deal of anger, concerns and disagreement –in the Press, in e-mail we’ve received, and in response on Social Media. We have been reading and hearing assertions that we made a mistake when we published Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C Recommendation. A lot has been written about EME in […]
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Reflections on the EME debate

For the past several years we have engaged in one of the most divisive debates in the history of the W3C Community. This is the debate about whether W3C should release the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) Recommendation without requiring that vendors provide a covenant that protects security and interoperability researchers. This debate is an offshoot […]
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W3C Strategic Highlights for Spring 2017 and Advisory Committee Meeting

W3C held its annual meeting late April in Beijing. The theme of the meeting was “Vision for W3C“. During the meeting we released the W3C Strategic Highlights for Spring 2017, a comprehensive report of W3C’s vision and focus; had informative discussions from industry presenters and keynote speakers, heard about priorities of the W3C Advisory Board […]
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Reflections on GAAD 2017

The Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an international event that was co-founded by Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon in 2011. It has been growing rapidly ever since, and this year it featured more than 50 announced events in 18 countries including: much of Europe, India, the US, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. These range […]
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How W3C checks its specifications for accessibility support: APA review

The Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group works to ensure W3C specifications provide support for accessibility to people with disabilities. The group seeks new accessibility and technology experts to help influence a broad set of W3C specifications. What we do A primary APA responsibility is the review of W3C Technical Reports for potential benefits or […]
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WCAG Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT)

Today W3C published a First Public Working Draft of the Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 specification. It defines a common approach for writing test rules for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). This allows people to document and share testing procedures, including automated, semi-automated, and manual procedures. This accelerates the development of evaluation […]
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EC Web Accessibility Directive Expert Group (WADEX)

The European Commission (EC) recently launched the  Web Accessibility Directive Expert Group (WADEX). This group has the mission “to advise the Commission in relation to the preparation of delegated acts, and in the early stages of the preparation of implementing acts” in relation to the EU Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile […]
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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 First Public Working Draft

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) is very happy to announce that the first public working draft of the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is available. This new version aims to build effectively on the previous foundations of WCAG 2.0 with particular attention being given to the three areas of accessibility on […]
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DPUB-ARIA 1.0 is Released as a Candidate Recommendation

We are excited to announce that a joint task force of the ARIA Working Group and the Digital Publishing Interest Group (DPUB IG) has published a Candidate Recommendation of Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 (DPUB-ARIA 1.0). This module represents the collaboration of experts in both accessibility and publishing, and the vocabulary it contains represents their […]
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