October 23rd, 2008
A long-awaited updated version of the main international standard for making websites accessible to people with disabilities is expected to be published in December, E-Access Bulletin has learned.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C – www.w3c.org) have been in development for several years.
The first version of the WCAG guidelines now dates back around a decade, and though it has proved a vital tool for raising awareness of accessibility issues it has long been seen as over-technical, complex and unclear in many situations.
Version 2.0 is set to address many of these problems by moving away from rigid technical ‘checkpoints’ to more flexible ‘success criteria.’ (more…)