Yes, it’s now official! At last. WCAG 2.0 has been officially published as a final Web Standard “W3C Recommendation” on December 11, 2008. For more, read the W3C blog announcement A New Era for Web Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 is Finalized.
- Press Release: W3C Web Standard Defines Accessibility for Next Generation Web
- Comments from Adobe: WCAG 2.0 is here at last!
- Comments from Joe Dolson: WCAG 2 Reaches Recommendation Status
- Comments from E-Access Blog
Dennis and Ross discuss a variety of recent web accessibility news and events.
Reference Card for Accessible PDF Creation from Word from the Adobe Accessibility blog by Andrew Kirkpatrick (Download Reference Card)
Moving WCAG 2.0 to the next stage (W3C March 2008 Update)
Radio New Zealand Interview of Shawn Henry, February 2008
IE8 announces change in “version targeting”:
- Surprise of the year: IE8 will use Standards mode by default
- Microsoft Backflips on Browser Version Targeting
SXSW panels of note:
- Accessible Rich Media (Sharron Rush)
- Targeting Your Web Site: Accessibility Litigation Update (Mike Wasylik)
- Catching up with Accessibility: The Basics Quickly (Shawn Henry)
- Dell’s Blog about SXSW Accessibility topics
The Digital Bus – a blog about digital marketing
HTML 5 is under development, and I thought I’d point out some proposed changes that directly affect accessibility, namely, the removal of certain attributes:
- accesskey attribute on a, area, button, input, label, legend and textarea
- longdesc attribute on img and iframe
- target attribute on link
- summary attribute on table
- headers, axis and abbr attributes on td and th
- scope attribute on td
In his article/post Supporting Standards that Support Accessibility, Joe Dolson examines the (non) relationship between web standards and web accessibility. He makes the excellent point that following web standards is not the same as providing web accessibility, although generally standards are beneficial. Joe discusses examples of where standards can actually make a negative impact on the accessibility of a web page, and where rarely used code can be beneficial.