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Podcast #55: WCAG Samurai

The WCAG Samurai is an “independent group of developers convened in 2006” and headed up by Joe Clark, accessibility guru. In this podcast, Dennis and Ross discuss the WCAG Samurai’s errata to the W3C’s WCAG 1.0 web accessibility guidelines. This includes:

  • what it is and if we should use it
  • discussing the 12 main points
  • which WCAG 1.0 Priority 3 guidelines to ignore

Download Web Axe Episode 55 (WCAG Samurai)

The WCAG 1 + Samurai Guidelines

  1. Provide equivalent alternatives to auditory and visual content
  2. Don’t rely on colour alone
  3. Use markup and stylesheets and do so properly
  4. Clarify natural-language usage
  5. Create tables that transform gracefully
  6. Ensure that pages featuring new technologies transform gracefully
  7. Ensure user control of time-sensitive content changes
  8. Design for device-independence
  9. Use interim solutions
  10. Use W3C technologies and guidelines
  11. Provide context and orientation information

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Guidelines Updated for Swedish Public Web Sites

The Swedish Administrative Development Agency has released an updated version of the guidelines for Swedish public sector web sites. The document is used by public organizations when procuring new web sites as well as by developers as an aid in the development process.

A summary of the guidelines in English is due in early 2007. In the meantime, check out these blogs for an overview:


New Guidelines for Accessibility Launched

The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) based in Boston, Massachusetts, has released “Accessible Digital Media – Design Guidelines for Electronic Publications, Multimedia and the Web“.

The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.

The guidelines offer a step-by-step approach to making a variety of electronic media accessible to users with sensory disabilities.

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W3C’s WAI WCAG 2.0

What the hell does that title mean? To translate, it means that (warning: read slowly if this is all new to you!):

The The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is on the verge of releasing the first major update (since 1999) to their Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) under their movement called the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

The nearly complete revision of the “official” guidelines on web accessibility has taken a big hit from Joe Clark, a well-know accessibility and standards guru. I find the guidelines pretty technical, quite extensive, and organized from a different perspective. But at least the Checklist is still quite usable.

I’m not defending the W3C, but I suppose the lengthy time it took and the wordy, complex language is a product of the massive, highly corporate authoring process. Sad, but true.

Overview of WCAG 2.0 Documents