Category Archives: Accessibility

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. […]

CAPTCHA Wide Review Draft Published

Today the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, with the assistance of its Research Questions Task Force (RQTF), has published another draft update to the W3C Note “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA”, first published in 2005: http://www.w3.org/TR/turingtest We thank the community for comments provided on earlier drafts of this document. Your comments have helped us improve our […]

W3C Strategic Highlights: Web for All (Web Accessibility)

  (This post is part of a series recapping the October 2018 W3C Strategic Highlights and does not include significant updates since that report.) W3C “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)  2.1”, which became a W3C Recommendation in June, has been adopted for web content, electronic documents, and non-web software, such as native mobile applications by the three official European […]

30 years ago the world changed forever

In March 1989, while at CERN, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote “Information Management: A Proposal” outlining the World Wide Web. 30 years ago today, Tim’s memo was about to revolutionize communication around the globe. Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Web and in a few months, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of […]

Updated “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA” Draft for Wide Review

Today the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, with extensive assistance from its Research Questions Task Force (RQTF), published a second draft update to the W3C Note “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA“. This widely accessed publication from 2005 was first updated in a draft published in July 2018. APA and RQTF greatly appreciate the many comments received […]

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 […]