The W3C has announced the last call for feedback for WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications technical specification. The deadline for comments is March 24, 2009.
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.
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”:
SXSW panels of note:
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:
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.