Category Archives: Accessibility

W3C WAI Updates, October 2022

Several changes are in progress at the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), each exciting in different ways. W3C and WAI staff are supporting our accessibility work on the current path during this transition. WAI Staff and Roles Judy Brewer will be leaving WAI for a new opportunity. She shared more in a WAI Transitions message. […]

W3C Accessibility Maturity Model

Why Does Accessibility Need a Maturity Model? It’s not enough to get a product accessible. The entire product experience should be accessible, and organizations need to implement processes and systems that can objectively measure whether the correct steps have been taken to keep the product experience accessible. This maturity model additionally includes employee-facing communications, training, […]

Accessibility of Remote Meetings Published as W3C Group Note

W3C WAI announces publication of the Group Note Accessibility of Remote Meetings. It is a companion to the more succinct W3C resource: How to Make Your Presentations and Meetings Accessible to All. The impact of COVID-19 has seen a substantial increase in usage of remote meeting platforms. Before 2020, software-based remote meeting applications were available, […]

Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements (SAUR)

The successful synchronization of multimedia content, especially audio and video, is essential to accessible web-based communication and cooperation. Understandable media is therefore media synchronized to very specific limits, which have been investigated in multiple research studies. By clarifying the parameters of adequate synchronization we can influence the development of future technologies, specifications, and accessibility guidelines. […]

EPUB 3.3 is now in CR

The EPUB 3 Working Group is pleased to announce that three of our documents have now progressed to Candidate Recommendation: EPUB 3.3, EPUB 3.3 Reading Systems, and EPUB Accessibility 1.1. We encourage implementers to review the specifications and test. EPUB 3.3 EPUB 3.3 is completely backwards compatible with previous versions of EPUB 3, meaning that […]

Impact of W3C WAI work recognized in Brewer’s ACM service award

Judy Brewer has been recognized by the ACM for service to the computing community through her leadership at W3C of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) work. This work includes development of multiple web accessibility standards which have been adopted globally and have improved accessibility for millions worldwide. The ACM noted: “In the late 1990s, although […]

Digital Accessibility Updates on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)

The United Nations (UN) observes International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. Here is an update on just a few of the things that W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is doing to improve digital accessibility for people with disabilities around the world: documenting user needs, translating resources, and updating language. Documenting Accessibility User […]

Accessibility of Remote Meetings - first public working draft published

Accessibility of Remote Meetings – call for review

The impact of COVID-19 has seen a substantial increase in usage of remote meeting platforms. Before 2020, software-based remote meeting applications were available, but not necessarily viewed as critical. The shift to remote meetings from a complementary tool to a replacement for face-to-face contact, has driven significant innovation in this space, including improvements in the […]