So near to the finish line …

No, I’m not referring to the election (even though that’s technically correct), nor am I referring to the Accessify redesign/rebuild (which is almost as correct!), rather the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 which have now moved to Proposed Recommendation status.

Comments on this version are open only until 2 December, so if there are any burning issues that you still feel strongly about, you have just the slimmest of chances to get them addressed (although those chances may be about as slim as the chances of a McCain win by the end of today … but stranger things have happened. Basically, the focus of review comments at this stage will be those by W3C members, but anyone can try submitting comments).

Here’s what the W3C had to say (complete with the appropriate links for your browsing pleasure):

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group has published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 as a Proposed Recommendation, and published updated Working Drafts of Understanding WCAG 2.0, Techniques for WCAG 2.0, and How to Meet WCAG 2.0. WCAG defines how to make Web sites, Web applications, and other Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Comments are welcome through 2 December 2008. Read the announcement, Overview of WCAG 2.0 Documents, and about the Web Accessibility Initiative.

In case you were wondering, ‘Proposed Recommendation’ means that the technical material of WCAG 2.0 is complete and it has been implemented in real sites, so we’re talking real-world scanarios, not theoretical.

Filed under: Accessibility, W3C, WAI, WCAG
Posted by Ian on Tuesday, November 4, 2008


  1. So says Shawn

    Thanks for spreading the news, Ian. You’re right that this review of WCAG 2.0 itself is mainly for W3C Membership endorsement.

    As always, we welcome comments and suggestions for the supporting documents, including the Techniques for WCAG 2.0, Understanding WCAG 2.0, the Overview pages, etc. We also welcome submission of Techniques. A few more thoughts are in the blog post With real world implementations WCAG 2.0 steps closer to expected December 2008 publication.

    Added November 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm

  2. So says Dennis

    After a long and hard journey, it’ll will be great to have the final WCAG 2.0 publication! This a a huge step for web accessibility, and congrats to everyone involved.

    Added November 9, 2008 at 4:21 am

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