06 May 2008   |   News

W3C: Tools to help disabled people use the Web

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The Worldwide Web Consortium, W3C said Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 is ready for developers and designers to test in Web content and Web applications.

“The community is eager for WCAG 2.0 to become a final W3C Recommendation, and this takes us one step closer,” said Loretta Guarino Reid, Co-Chair of the WCAG Working Group. “Advancing WCAG 2.0 to Candidate Recommendation provides a stable document that developers can use for trial implementations in their Web sites.”

WCAG is intended to enable the design of Web content for people with disabilities and for elderly users. It is one of three Web accessibility guidelines produced by W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). WCAG 2.0 provides a stable foundation for accessibility of Web content and Web applications, and supporting documents enable it to be used flexibly across the broad range of Web technologies and environments.

“WCAG 2.0 has been developed with extensive community input,” said Gregg Vanderheiden, Co-Chair of the WCAG Working Group, and Director of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This includes publishing twelve drafts and addressing more than 3,000 comments, in order to ensure the guidelines meet the need for an updated international standard, with which national and local Web accessibility guidelines can harmonise.

The Working Group is looking for feedback from experience of implementing WCAG 2.0 in Web sites and Web applications by 30 June 2008.

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