Below are two articles on web accessibility. Unfortunately, both articles are lacking subheadings, which would make them much more scannable and usable, and therefore better accessible (see Understanding WCAG 2.0 Section Headings).
Organisation in the Spotlight – W3C: Global Standards Giant Gears Up For Battle
With the long-awaited appearance of version 2 of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) now expected in December, the spotlight is set to fall once more on the workings of this key international standards body.
Accessibility in web design provides a high degree of usability
While the focus of this section is largely on design for blind users who access the web page via a screen-reader, if you make pages accessible in the ways suggested you will improve clarity for all users.
In Boagword podcast #120 (June 4, 2008), Paul Boag speaks with Patrick Lauke on WCAG 2.0. It’s a lengthy discussion that’s definitely worth a listen.
Today the WCAG 2.0 has been advanced to Candidate Recommendation status. This is a big step in the long W3C guideline development process. What this means is that most people agree on the technical aspects of the much needed update to WCAG 1.0, and we can start using WCAG 2.0 as a guideline as it’s “Ready to Test-Drive”.
In the words of WCAG:
We are excited to announce that Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
(WCAG 2.0) was published as a W3C Candidate Recommendation on 30 April 2008. The Candidate Recommendation stage means that there is broad consensus on the technical content, and W3C invites you to implement WCAG 2.
Dennis and Ross discuss a variety of recent web accessibility news and events.
Download Web Axe Episode 62 (Web Accessibility News)
HTML 5 and Accessibility post — comment from Laura Carlson of Web Standards Group with great info and links.
WAVE toolbar and blog available
Reference Card for Accessible PDF Creation from Word from the Adobe Accessibility blog by Andrew Kirkpatrick (Download Reference Card)
For Review: UAAG 2.0 First Public Working Draft
Joe Clark has released the (final?) update to the WCAG Samurai’s errata. Also see The WCAG Samurai Errata are now available.
Moving WCAG 2.0 to the next stage (W3C March 2008 Update)
Radio New Zealand Interview of Shawn Henry, February 2008
Are Lists Becoming the New Tables?
IE8 announces change in “version targeting”:
CSS Globe, 11 Good Accessibility Tips
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
If you haven’t already heard, the W3C WAI is has announced the final review of WCAG 2.0. But before you submit your clever suggestions, be sure to review the WCAG 2.0 Documents.
Other folks blogging about the WCAG 2.0 final review: