WCAG 2.0 - Finally Here! [April Fool!]

[Update: Yes, it was an April Fool's joke as most people had worked out, but we're keeping it here with this disclaimer rather than removing the post.]

Well, it’s certainly caught a few people by surprise. It may seem like we’ve been all been going around in circles for a while on this, but the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 finally became a candidate recommendation on Friday. This was despite the last draft having a large number of
comments that were, apparently, still not addressed. Looking at the WCAG mailing list, it seems that much of the clearing up of these sticking points was largely down to the concerted efforts of invited expert Olivier Farlop (or Oli to his friends). So, after what has seemed like an absolute age, it seems like the joke’s on us - all that deliberation and argument, disagreement and opinion has been made a mockery of with this surprising announcement.

Filed under: Accessibility, W3C
Posted by Ian on Sunday, April 1, 2007


  1. So says Lee Powell

    Now I’m dizzy!
    Round and round in circles ;)

    Added April 1, 2007 at 9:13 am

  2. [...] Das W3C kann offenbar doch ganz schnell sein wenn man nur will. Überraschenderweise wurde heute die finale Version der Web Content Accessibilty Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2), also der offiziellen W3C-Standards für zugängliche Websites, fertiggestellt. Dringende Leseempfehlung. [...]

    Added April 1, 2007 at 9:42 am

  3. [...] WCAG 2.0 - Finally Here! [...]

    Added April 1, 2007 at 11:48 am

  4. So says Charlie

    Hmm, This Oliver chap sound intriguing. You could drop a few letter and move the remaining letters around and it would read April Fools. Nice.

    Added April 1, 2007 at 1:08 pm

  5. So says Barry McMullin

    Nice one … you had me haring around all the usual places before the
    penny finally dropped!

    Added April 1, 2007 at 2:16 pm

  6. [...] De WCAG 2.0 is er uiteindelijk dan toch doorgekomen, en Google heeft zelf ook niet stilgezeten [...]

    Added April 1, 2007 at 5:53 pm

  7. April’s Fool!

    Or is it?

    Added April 1, 2007 at 9:35 pm

  8. [...] Surely you saw the amusing chain letter on the accessibilitista blogs (viz Accessify) on April Fool’s Day: [...]

    Added April 9, 2007 at 10:15 pm

  9. So says Don Crowley

    April fool! It is still Working draft.See: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/
    It is now april 10th, time to take this joke down!

    Added April 10, 2007 at 8:04 am

  10. So says John Rang

    Never thought serious sites like yours too can play April fool!

    But we are all human after all–.

    Added April 26, 2007 at 4:50 pm

  11. So says Kredi


    was nice one :)

    Added September 18, 2007 at 6:40 am

  12. So says Chat


    Added April 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

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