Category Archives: Accessibility

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 […]

Strategic Highlights, what W3C has done — and where we’re heading

W3C’s work enables the Web to scale to meet the new challenges and opportunities while selected technologies and features continue to give way to incredible core innovation once again. Next week W3C will host its annual Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee meeting in Lyon, France at which our CEO, Jeff Jaffe, will present our Strategic […]

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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 […]

Accessible Rich Internet Applications 1.2 suite published

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has just published First Public Working Drafts of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.2, Core Accessibility API Mappings (Core-AAM) 1.2, and WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.2, which begins development of the ARIA 1.2 suite of specifications. The group also published an update of WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1 to improve […]

Revised “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA” Draft for Review

Today the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, with extensive assistance from its Research Questions Task Force (RQTF), published a draft update to the W3C Note “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA“. This widely accessed publication from 2005 has been extensively revised and updated to bring it up to date with changes in technology since it was last […]

WCAG 2.1 is a W3C Recommendation

By Andrew Kirkpatrick and Michael Cooper Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is now a W3C Recommendation. This is an evolution of W3C’s accessibility guidance, including expansion of mobile, low vision, and cognitive and learning provisions. It maintains W3C’s accessibility guidance, while maintaining W3C’s standard of implementable, technology neutral, objectively testable and universally applicable accessibility […]

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 […]

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 […]

WCAG 2.1 is a Candidate Recommendation

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is now a Candidate Recommendation (CR). The main purpose of Candidate Recommendation is to ensure that the standard can be implemented. The content is considered stable at this stage, but it it could change a little based on implementation experience. Over the next few months, the Working Group will […]