W3C updates accessibility guidelines

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Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:03am

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the global regulatory body for the web, has recently updated a number of their working draft standards. A series of documents within its Web Accessibility Initiative have been progressed, with updates to the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0, User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) and draft documents released by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Evaluation Taskforce (Eval TF).

The ATAG Working Group has published updated Working Drafts of ATAG 2.0 and the companion document Implementing ATAG 2.0 which define how authoring tools can help developers produce accessible web content that conforms to WCAG 2.0. It also defines how to make authoring tools accessible to people with disabilities.

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAAG) has also published an updated Working Draft of the UAAG 2.0. The UAAG defines how browsers, media players and other user agents should support accessibility for people with disabilities and work with assistive technologies. There is also an updated Working Draft of Implementing UAAG 2.0.

Finally, the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, has started developing an internationally harmonised methodology for evaluating websites' conformance to WCAG 2.0.

Details of W3C developments can be found on the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative website.

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