Category Archives: Accessibility

Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them

The Working Draft of Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them explores challenges that occur in some settings, such as large, highly dynamic websites, including those that aggregate significant amounts of content, when using the page-based conformance of WCAG 2 to verify conformance of websites and web applications. The purpose […]

RTC Accessibility User Requirements document published by W3C

RTC Accessibility User Requirements – Call for Review

Accessible telecommunication technology is increasingly important for people who are working remotely and relying on real-time communication (RTC) for daily needs. Web Real-time communications (WebRTC) is a series of protocols that support quick direct browser-to-browser transfer of call (and other data) without the need for a brittle plugin architecture. This transfer is nearly instantaneous with […]

XR Accessibility User Requirements first public working draft published by W3C/WAI

XR Accessibility User Requirements – call for review

As a platform, XR or virtual and immersive environments, augmented or mixed reality is becoming more stable and commonplace. The leveraging of existing hardware means it may become ubiquitous. XR has uses that go beyond the conventional view of this technology, that it is only a novelty, or form of entertainment. Healthcare and education are […]

Updated Chinese Accessibility Standard Will Help China Build a Barrier-free Information Environment

[在此查看中文消息] Last August the Chinese Standardization Administration issued a new national standard, GB/T 37668-2019, “Information Technology Requirements and Testing Methods for Accessibility of Web Content“. According to the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) , this standard will be implemented as a recommended standard in March 2020, and will promote technical and policy support for information […]

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) is happy to announce the First Public Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2. 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”. Background There were potential success criteria discussed […]

Logo of Introduction to Web Accessibility Course

Free Online Course “Introduction to Web Accessibility”

Updated on 13 March with extension of course open dates and free audit option. Today, 3rd December 2019, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) are announcing a new online course “Introduction to Web Accessibility” scheduled to start […]

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 […]

Updated CAPTCHA Note Published

Today the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, with the assistance of its Research Questions Task Force (RQTF), has published “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA,” as a Working Group Note: https://www.w3.org/TR/turingtest/ First published in 2005, today’s 2.0 publication extensively updates the earlier version to bring our analysis and recommendations up to date with CAPTCHA practice today. CAPTCHA […]

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. […]