W3C WAI news: Calls for feedback on WAI-ARIA, multimedia accessibility and updated WCAG 2.0 Techniques

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Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:18pm

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets the standard for websites to reach in order to be accessible for people with disabilities. The international body has issued a number of updates relating to its accessibility work, including a call for review of the WAI-ARIA 1.0 Use Agent Implementation Guide, updated WCAG 2.0 Techniques and a first draft of the Media Accessibility User Requirements.

The first working draft of the WAI-AIRA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide, which describes how browsers and other user agents should support WAI-ARIA (the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification), has been released. The guide explains how to expose WAI-ARIA features to platform accessibility APIs. This is a final request and feedback needs to be provided by 17 February 2012. Information on providing feedback can be found in the Call for Review: WAI-ARIA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide e-mail

Feedback is also being sought for the first public working draft of the Media Accessibility User Requirements.  This focuses on the accessibility requirements of people with disabilities with respect to audio and video on the web, particularly in the context of HTML5.  Feedback has been requested by 10 February 2012 and documentation can be found at the Media Accessibility User Requirementspage. Further information on contributions can be found in the Call for Review: Media Accessibility User Requirements email.

Finally, the Web Accessibility Initiative has recently received an update to the WCAG 2.0 Techniques document.  The minor update  expands guidance on understanding and implementing WCAG 2.0. Additional information can be found in the WCAG Techniques Updated - Learn about the informative guidance blog post.  

Find out about how to make websites accessible to all users in our Practical Web Accessibility section.  Media Access Australia is a member of the W3C and a contributor to web accessibility standards. Our representative on the W3C, Dr Scott Hollier, publishes a monthly column on how to reach WCAG standards.


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