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Roger Cleans Up

Roger Johansson does a nice job of showing a ‘before and after’ on a piece of JavaScript that shocked him with all its inline CSS, obtrusive scripting and other various sins. The task was to create an accessible expanding/collapsing menu, but the tutorial he read (on a Swedish language site) inspired Roger to come up with a better solution. Anyway, I’ll stop wittering on, and simply point you in the direction of his post accessible expanding and collapsing menu. Nice one, Roger!

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Comments (1) Posted by Ian on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Shawn Henry: What’s new, WCAG 2.0, and Current Issues / Free session / London / 5 June 2007

The RNIB Web Access Team will be host to Shawn Henry, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), and author of Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design who will be presenting on What’s New, WCAG 2.0, and Current Issues.

In this session Shawn will highlight recent developments in accessibility guidelines for Web sites, Web applications, evaluation tools, authoring tools, and browsers. Learn how these impact your Web projects now and how they provide flexibility for the future.

Shawn will answer your questions about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG), and the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA). She’ll talk about how WAI develops accessibility guidelines through the W3C process, upcoming milestones for 2.0 versions, and how you can contribute to W3C’s work.

She’ll also touch on the relationship between accessibility and usability, the role of accessibility standards, and designing positive user experiences for people with disabilities.

See the full post on the RNIB blog, which includes more info and sign-up details for Shawn’s free session.

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Comments Off Posted by Patrick H. Lauke on Sunday, May 27, 2007

Call for Review: Updated WCAG 2.0 Working Draft

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) invites you to comment on an updated draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), published on 17 May 2007. WCAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of Web content for people with disabilities.

The updated WCAG 2.0 Public Working Draft incorporates changes in response to comments received on the 27 April 2006 WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft. Because there were a number of substantive changes, WCAG 2.0 has returned to Public Working Draft status. We expect to advance WCAG 2.0 to a second Last Call Working Draft after this Public Working Draft.

W3C/WAI encourages you to review this document and submit comments on any issues which you feel could present a barrier to adoption and implementation of WCAG 2.0. The Working Group seeks feedback on the following points for this draft:

  • Are the guidelines and success criteria clear? If not, can you suggest clearer wording?
  • Are there any success criteria that you feel are not implementable or testable? If so, how could they be improved?
  • Are there any success criteria that you feel would not improve accessibility as written, or that might hinder it? If so, how could they be improved?

Comments on this Working Draft are due by 29 June 2007. The Working Group requests that comments be made using the online or downloadable comment form available at

If this is not possible, comments can also be sent to The archives for this list are publicly available. (Please note that if you submitted comments during the 2006 Last Call Working Draft review period, you will be receiving an email with a response to your individual comments.)

The following document provides an overview of all the WCAG 2.0 documents:

The primary document for review is:

A key tool for reviewing and working with WCAG 2.0 has also been updated:

These supporting documents have been updated as well:

A summary of changes to WCAG 2.0 since the previous draft will be available.

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Comments Off Posted by Patrick H. Lauke on Friday, May 18, 2007

Learn about JavaScript and Accessibility in London

A quick note to let you know that the next London Web Standards Group meetup is covering the topic of accessibility and JavaScript, to be hosted by Christian Heilmann and Steve Faulkner. Tickets are limited, so if this seems of interest, go ahead and register soon.

Comments Off Posted by Ian on Friday, May 11, 2007

What’s happening with WCAG 2.0? Interview with Judy Brewer and the WCAG WG

Following a conversation with Judy Brewer from the W3C back in February, Jared Smith had the chance to interview her and submit some probing questions to the WCAG Working Group about what’s happening with WCAG 2.0.

See the interview with Judy Brewer and the WCAG Working Group over at WaSP.

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Comments Off Posted by Patrick H. Lauke on Saturday, May 5, 2007

Accessibility 2.0: People, Policies and Processes paper at W4A

I’m pleased to report that a paper on Accessibility 2.0: People, Policies and Processes has been accepted by the W4A conference which will he held in Banff, Canada on 7-8th May 2007 (the conference runs in parallel with the International WWW 2007 conference).

My co-authors are David Sloan, Professor Stephen Brown, Jane Seale, Professor Helen Petrie, Patrick Lauke and Simon Ball, all of whom are active accessibility practitioners or researchers in the UK higher education community.

The paper is the latest in a series which has addressed the challenges of providing accessible services in the ‘edge cases’ of e-learning and cultural heritage services.


Our latest paper is available online, as are the slides.

Read the full entry Accessibility 2.0: People, Policies and Processes (which includes a summary and extensive links for further reading) over on Brian Kelly’s blog.

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Comments (2) Posted by Patrick H. Lauke on Thursday, May 3, 2007