On 5 June 2018,
WCAG 2.1 was published with a Recommendation status, which means it’s stable and ready for implementation. The new guidelines help fill gaps in WCAG 2.0 particularly in the areas of mobile, low vision, and cognitive disabilities.
The new guidelines are backwards compatible with 2.0 as the
official W3C announcement by Andrew Kirkpatrick and Michael Cooper explains:
All the criteria from WCAG 2.0 are included in WCAG 2.1, so web sites that conform to WCAG 2.1 will also conform to WCAG 2.0.
Learn more in an upcoming A11Y Talks
What’s New with WCAG 2.1 with Carie Fisher and Andrew Macpherson, 27 June 2018. Summary
Here is a quick list of the new criteria:
W3C page heading for WCAG 2.1 Further Reading
Another CSUN Assistive Technology Conference has come and gone. Below are some great resources and tweets from the conference. Watch the
keynote by Dan Goldstein via YouTube. Read my CSUN 18 preview.
Next year the event will move a bit north to Anaheim, California. CSUNATC19 is planned for March 11 to 15, 2019 at @AnaheimMarriott.
Many great opportunities are available in the digital accessibility field.
Technical Writer for Web Developer Software at Deque Systems in Ann Arbor, MI.
UI Client Accessibility—Software Engineer at Workday in Pleasanton, CA.
Director of Accessibility at EVERFI in Washington, DC.
Digital Accessibility Specialist at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, MN.
Accessibility Director at AbilityNet in London, UK.
Accessibility Engineer at Adobe in San Francisco, CA.
iOS Accessibility Engineer at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA.
Web Accessibility Consultant at Level Access in San Francisco, CA.
Director Accessibility Services at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT.
UI Client Accessibility – Software Engineer at Workday in Pleasanton, CA.
Digital Accessibility Specialist (contract) at Kaiser Permanente in Pleasanton, CA.
Screen Reader Accessibility Auditor at Accessible360 (remote, I believe).
Web Accessibility Tester at JP Morgan Chase in San Francisco, CA.
Digital Accessibility Engineer (contract) at Collabera in Boston, MA.
Accessibility Specialist wanted at Pearson in Boston or remote.
Sr. Front End Engineer (with WCAG, Ruby skills) at Scribd in San Francisco, CA.
Accessibility Specialist (engineer) at edX in Cambridge, MA.
Product Manager at Deque Systems in Ann Arbor, MI.
Accessibility QA Tester (screen reader user) at Apertus Partners in Mountain View, CA.
Follow me, @a11yJobs, and @LyndonDunbar on Twitter for more!
Here’s a great list of accessibility books. Feel free to submit any others in comments.
Accessibility For Everyone, by @LauraKalbag, A Book Apart 2017
Color Accessibility Workflows, by @HelloGeri, A Book Apart 2017
Inclusive Design Patterns—Coding Web Accessibility Into Web Design, by Heydon Pickering (@heydonworks), Smashing Magazine 2016
Apps for All: Coding Accessible Web Applications, by Heydon Pickering (@heydonworks), Smashing Magazine 2014
A Web for Everyone—Designing Accessible User Experiences, by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery, Rosenfeld Media, 2013
HTML5 Accessibility, by Joshue O Connor (@joshueoconnor), 2012 (older, but much of it still relevant; my review) For nostalgia’s sake:
Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, multiple authors, Friends of Ed, 2006
The web/digital industry certainly moves fast, and arguably even more so in the accessibility field. Here are some good resources to help keep you updated.
Know any others? Please leave a comment.