Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

Ian Lloyd asked me if I wanted to write a post once and a while concerning accessibility. I was pleased by his invitation and accepted it, not completely sure what kind of posts I was going to write. However, it seems that I have some luck. The W3C released a new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 working draft two days ago.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
(WCAG 1.0) as a Recommendation in May 1999. This Working Draft for version 2.0 builds on WCAG 1.0. It has the same aim: to explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities and to define target levels of accessibility. Incorporating feedback on WCAG 1.0, this Working Draft of version 2.0 focuses on guidelines. It attempts to apply guidelines to a wider range of technologies and to use wording that may be understood by a more varied audience.

This draft contains more generalized accessibility guidelines than WCAG 1.0, which means that they removed all HTML specific issues and replaced those with more general explanation. Although it just a draft and not yet a recommendation it might be interesting to read the following document: Mapping Between WCAG 1.0 and the WCAG 2.0 Working Draft.

As you can see (and read) is that the new guidelines are better structured. Compared to the current recommendation I think it certainly is an improvement.

Filed under: Accessibility
Posted by Accessify on Saturday, March 13, 2004

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