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W3C Invites Implementations of WAI-ARIA 1.2

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group invites implementations of a Candidate Recommendation of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.2. This specification provides an ontology of roles, states, and properties that define accessible user interface elements and can be used to improve the accessibility and interoperability of web content and applications. These semantics are designed to allow an author to properly convey user interface behaviors and structural information to assistive technologies in document-level markup. This version adds features new since WAI-ARIA 1.1 to improve interoperability with assistive technologies to form a more consistent accessibility model for [HTML] and [SVG2]. This specification complements both [HTML] and [SVG2].

Please share any implementations or comments by 5 April 2021.

Call for Review: Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

The Web Authentication Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2. This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users. This is Web Authentication Level 2. Substantive changes since Level 1 are:

  • Added new method to allow Discoverable/Resident Credentials Preferred
  • New methods added for Attestation Objects
  • Added Attestation types (Enterprise, Apple)
  • Added Large Blob storage and credential properties

Explanatory materials and implementation considerations have been updated as well.

Comments are welcome through 26 March 2021.

First Public Working Draft: EPUB Accessibility 1.1

The EPUB 3 Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.1. This document specifies content conformance requirements for verifying the accessibility of EPUB Publications. It also specifies accessibility metadata requirements for the discoverability of EPUB Publications. The document takes an abstract approach to the accessibility requirements for EPUB Publications, similar to how WCAG 2 separates its accessibility guidelines from the techniques to achieve them. This approach allows the guidelines to remain stable even as the format evolves.

To facilitate this approach, a companion EPUB Accessibility Techniques 1.1 has also been published today as a W3C Working Group Note, which outlines conformance techniques. These techniques explain how to meet the requirements of this document for different versions of EPUB.

The Working Group welcomes comments via the GitHub repository issues.

CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 is a W3C Recommendation

The CSS Working Group has published CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 as a W3C Recommendation. This CSS module describes how to collate style rules and assign values to all properties on all elements. By way of cascading and inheritance, values are propagated for all properties on all elements.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

W3C Workshop Report: Maps for the Web

Maps of Montreal, past, present, and future. W3C is pleased to announce a report from the W3C/OGC Joint Workshop Series on Maps for the Web, held in September & October, 2020.

Through live presentations, panel discussions, and pre-recorded videos, workshop participants discussed requirements and proposals for Web platform maps.

As an outcome of the workshop, participants seek to initiate a cross-community (W3C, OGC among others) working group that will define a roadmap to specify and implement native Web maps. The ongoing work was initiated and has been incubated in the ​W3C Maps for HTML Community Group​ since late 2014. Anyone interested in participating in the Maps for the Web discussions should join the free W3C Community Group.

W3C thanks our sponsor, Natural Resources Canada, the ​Program Committee​, our co-host, the Open Geospatial Consortium, and all the participants for making this event a success. Please read more in the W3C Blog post.

Fourth Patent Advisory Group for Web Payments Working Group Launched

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to a specification of the Web Payments Working Group; see the PAG charter. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements. Public comments regarding these disclosures may be sent to public-wpwg-pag@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.

Six Internationalization Gap-analysis First Public Working Drafts published

The Internationalization Working Group has published First Public Working Drafts for six documents that explore gaps in language support on the Worldwide Web:

These drafts complement the 21 Gap-analysis documents published last June.

We are looking for expert contributors who can help us move this work forward by answering questions, documenting gaps in support, and creating tests. For more information about the program, see this 15 minute overview (slides).

HTML Review Draft — Published 29 January 2020 is a W3C Recommendation

As part of working with the WHATWG together on HTML and DOM, W3C selected today to endorse the HTML Review Draft — Published 29 January 2020 as a W3C Recommendation. The HTML specification defines a semantic-level markup language and associated semantic-level scripting APIs for authoring accessible pages on the Web ranging from static documents to dynamic applications. For more information, see the blog post WHATWG Review Drafts of HTML and DOM endorsed as W3C Recommendations.

WebRTC 1.0 is a W3C Recommendation

WebRTC already serves as a cornerstone of online communication and collaboration services. The WebRTC framework provides the building blocks from which web and app developers can seamlessly add video chat and peer-to-peer data exchange to a range of applications. Billions of users can interact now that WebRTC makes live video chat easier than ever on the Web. To learn more about this timely achievement and what the future holds for WebRTC, please, read our press release.

First Public Working Draft: W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

Screenshot showing the w3c logo and the title of the WCAG 3 W3C Accessibility Guidelines 3The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. WCAG and supporting materials explain how to make web content, apps, and tools more accessible to people with disabilities. W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3 has several differences from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.

WCAG 3 is intended to be easier to understand and more flexible than WCAG 2. The flexibility is to address different types of web content, apps, and tools — as well as organizations and people with disabilities. The goals for WCAG 3 are introduced in the Requirements for WCAG 3.0 First Public Working Draft, which was also published today. WCAG 3 proposes a different name, scope, structure, and conformance model.

We encourage you to start by reading the WCAG 3 Introduction first to get important background on WCAG 3 development, review guidance, and timeline.

We are seeking input from evaluators, developers, designers, project managers, policy makers, people with disabilities, and others — particularly on the structure and the draft conformance model. Additional review guidance is in the blog post WCAG 3 FPWD Published. Please submit comments by 26 February 2021.