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Top take-aways from CSUN 2013

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The world’s largest accessible technology conference took place in San Diego, California last week. The Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, commonly known as CSUN, showcases emerging technologies set to make an impact over the coming years. Here, Dr Scott Hollier details his favourites.

The open web: where consumer products meet web standards

A big focus of presentations this year was the convergence of consumer products with web standards. This means that more products will be designed in an accessible way that works better with the accessibility features on popular devices.

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Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 is a technical standard designed by the W3C to support developers in the creation of authoring tools. The current ATAG 2.0 release is in its final draft, with a release date expected later this year. The upcoming standard has been designed to complement WCAG 2.0 and is split into two parts:

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

The WCAG 2.0 is a technical standard designed by the W3C to show how to make web content that is accessible to people with disabilities.

WCAG 2.0 is based on four design principles. Each principle has a number of associated guidelines, and each guideline has testable success criteria, each of which has an associated level: A, AA or AAA.

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Standards and policy

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the primary international standards organisation for the World Wide Web, introduced the Web Access Initiative (WAI) to address accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities. 

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