The WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published The Business Case for Digital Accessibility.
It describes how accessibility can drive innovation, enhance your brand, extend market reach, and minimize legal risk. It includes direct and indirect benefits of accessibility and the risks of not addressing accessibility adequately. It provides case studies and examples that demonstrate how investment in accessibility is good for your organization.
Learn more about the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
The Timed Text Working Group published the following specifications as W3C Proposed Recommendations:
The Timed Text Markup Language is a content type that represents timed text media for the purpose of interchange among authoring systems. TTML Profiles are intended to be used across subtitle and caption delivery applications worldwide, thereby simplifying interoperability, consistent rendering and conversion to other subtitling and captioning formats.
Comments are welcome through 1 November 2018.
The W3C SVG Working Group has published an updated Candidate Recommendation of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 2. This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 2. SVG is a language based on XML for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics. SVG content is stylable, scalable to different display resolutions, and can be viewed stand-alone, mixed with HTML content, or embedded using XML namespaces within other XML languages. SVG also supports dynamic changes; script can be used to create interactive documents, and animations can be performed using declarative animation features or by using script.
The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group has published WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 (Graphics-ARIA) and Graphics Accessibility API Mappings 1.0 (Graphics-AAM) as W3C Recommendations. Graphics-ARIA defines core roles specific to web graphics which allow an author to express the logical structure of the graphic to assistive technologies in order improve accessibility of graphics. Graphics-AAM defines how user agents map the WAI-ARIA Graphics Module markup to platform accessibility APIs. Assistive technologies could then enable semantic navigation and adapt styling and interactive features, to provide an optimal experience for the audience. Read about the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
W3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Strong Authentication and Identity, December 10-11 2018, in Redmond, WA, USA. The event is hosted by Microsoft.
This workshop will look to provide an existing standards landscape, roadmap and potential future work for how strong identity and strong authentication should work on the web. A successful workshop will be how to align recent W3C specifications (WebAuthn, Verifiable Claims, Web Payments) and work that is ongoing in the W3C Credentials Community Group (DID, DIDAuth) along with IETF and ISO, as well as other existing community standards such as Open ID Connect, Oauth, SAML, etc.
The scope includes:
- Strong Authentication: FIDO, WebAuthn, IFAA, DIDAuth, OpenID Connect
- Strong Identity: ISO 29003, Entity Attestation Token (EAT)
- Decentralized Identity (DID): Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technologies, Verifiable Credentials
- Federation: OpenID Connect, SAML, DID
- Credentials: Verifiable Credentials, JWT, JSON-LD, Entity Attestation Token (EAT)
- Requirements: Ease of Use, Accessibility, Internationalization, Security, Privacy
For more information on the workshop, please see details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by 29 October 2018.
On 25 July the ACM has announced W3C’s Judy Brewer as the recipient of the 2018 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility.
The SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies that improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. This award recognizes members of the community for long-term accomplishments or those who have made a notable impact through a significant innovation.
Judy Brewer is Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. For the past 21 years, under Judy’s leadership, WAI has developed key accessibility standards, prominent amongst which are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG), and Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA).
As part of the award, Judy has been invited to present a keynote talk at the ASSETS Conference on October 22nd. Read more about about the SIGACCESS Award, about WCAG and WAI.
W3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Permissions and User Consent, September 26-27, 2018, in San Diego, California, USA. The event is hosted by Qualcomm.
The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together security and privacy experts, UI/UX researchers, browser vendors, mobile OS developers, API authors, Web publishers and users to address the privacy, security and usability challenges presented by a complex and overlapping variety of permissions and consent systems available for hardware sensors, device capabilities and applications on the Web.
The scope includes:
- user consent;
- bundling of permissions;
- lifetime/duration of permissions;
- permission inheritance to iframes and other embedded elements;
- relation to same origin policy;
- UIs and controls;
- interaction with private browsing modes;
- implicit permission grants;
- progressive permission grants;
- cross-stack permissions: how OS, browser, and web app permissions interact;
- permission transparency;
- relation to regulatory requirements;
- special considerations for systems that use the browser as a pass-through
- permissions/transparency/UI as it relates to display-less devices that connect to the Internet.
For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by August 17, 2018.
The World Wide Web Consortium today launched the Internationalization Initiative to expand core work in further internationalizing the Web. “Supporting the W3C Internationalization Initiative with funding or expertise is a vital way that our Web community creates the future of the global Web,” said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. W3C thanks Alibaba, Apple, Advanced Publishing Lab (Keio University), Monotype, and The Paciello Group who have stepped up as Founding Sponsors. Read about W3C Internationalization and its Sponsorship Program and the press release and testimonials.
The Timed Text Working Group invites implementations of an updated Timed Text Markup Language 2 (TTML2) Candidate Recommendation. This document specifies the Timed Text Markup Language (TTML), Version 2, also known as TTML2, in terms of a vocabulary and semantics thereof.
The Timed Text Markup Language is a content type that represents timed text media for the purpose of interchange among authoring systems. Timed text is textual information that is intrinsically or extrinsically associated with timing information.
W3C announced today a W3C Workshop on Digital Publication Layout and Presentation (from Manga to Magazines), September 18-19 2018, in Tokyo, Japan. The event is hosted by the Advanced Publishing Laboratory, at the historic Mita Campus of Keio University.
The primary goal of the workshop is to bring together experts to evaluate the current status and explore future directions of visually-rich long-form digital publications based on Web Technologies (particularly CSS, the formatting language of the Web), encompassing both fixed and dynamic layouts.
Expected topics of discussion include:
- Advanced layout using recent and upcoming CSS innovations, particularly for mobile and other devices (CSS grid, viewport units, media queries, css-shapes, etc.)
- “Smart transitions” for manga/comics including “Turbo Media” and other new forms
- Analysis of proprietary platforms in comics, magazines, and other verticals
- Comparison of image-dominated and text-dominated fixed-layout (and considerations for choosing reflowable vs. fixed representations, such as accessibility)
- Differences between rendering of fixed-layout EPUB in dedicated EPUB reading systems and typical browser rendering of HTML-SVG-CSS, and considerations for convergence
- Accessibility for high-design digital publications
- Innovative and interactive high-design digital publications
- Use of interactive features (e.g., scroll snap) of CSS for sequential art
- Lessons learned from IDPF efforts on advanced hybrid layout and page templates
- Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques as applied to content production (such as inferring CSS layouts from images) and accessibility (such as inferring reading order and other accessibility characteristics)
- Internationalization of high-design digital publications
- Print formatting of high-design publications via CSS
- Responsive design for long-form publications
- Possibilities afforded by emerging Web Fonts capabilities (chromatic fonts, variable fonts, etc.)
- Color management
For more information on the workshop, please see the workshop details and submission instructions. Expression of Interest and position statements are due by 20 July 2018.