Friday, July 28, 2006

Tangling with Accessible Web Content

Accessible guidelines/content is not always easy...

"The W3C has been working for some time on devising Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (better known as WCAG 2.0). This set of guidelines is intended to supercede WCAG 1.0 which was thought to be too closely linked to particular technology, and so reflective of what was available in 1999. WCAG 2.0 is being written as technologically agnostic. Further, it is to be more than simply a list of html 'dos and don’ts'; coached in non-tech-specific terminology. This is to meet its goals as perceivable, operable, understandable, robust and future-proofed.

WCAG 2.0 also aims to provide baselines for accessibility at different conformance levels, to provide a framework for conformance claims, and offer more extensive and complete documentation than WCAG 1.0.

It's all proving a tall order.

The WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft and supporting documents were published on 27 April 2006 (now closed for comment) and caused a furore amongst developers who live by standards. Its period of consultation was extended from 3 weeks to 6 after a damning article by Joe Clarke, To Hell with WCAG 2 was published in A List Apart."   (Continued via Usability News)       [Usability Resources]


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