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Category Archives: Accessibility

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 […]
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Towards a Dubbing and Audio Description exchange format

W3C has begun work on an open standard exchange format for audio description and dubbing scripts and wants interested people to review the draft requirements first published on 2022-05-10. This post is by one of the TTWG Chairs. It’s about this work and why it is important, and why now is a good time to […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Natural Language Accessibility User Requirements published as first public working draft note

Natural Language Interface Accessibility User Requirements – call for review

Spoken interaction with mobile devices and consumer appliances such as smart speakers is now commonplace. Chatbots and similar text-based user interfaces can be included in Web applications. Telephone systems employing speech input and output are widely deployed. The common element in these scenarios is that the user interface operates via a textual, linguistic interaction; in […]
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SYNCHRONIZATION ACCESSIBILITY USER REQUIREMENTS – First Public Working Draft published

Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements – call for review

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, according to multiple research studies. By clarifying the parameters of adequate synchronization we can influence the development of future technologies, specifications, and accessibility guidelines. Providing an accessible […]
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Keeping the complexity of IMSC documents under control

The IMSC Recommendation includes an Hypothetical Render Model (HRM) that constrains document complexity, allowing authors of subtitles and captions to know that they are not generating subtitles that will overload the players. An open source implementation of the HRM for IMSC Text Profile documents has been made available. IMSC users and implementers are invited to […]
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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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WCAG 3 FPWD Published

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) announces the First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. This is the first of many drafts, and the document is not expected to advance to W3C Recommendation for a few more years. In this planned major revision of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, we want […]
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