WCAG 2.0 now a W3C Recommendation

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Rahul Gonsalves

Dec 12, 2008, 12:55:22 AM12/12/08
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Reposted from the W3C Press Releases:

http://www.w3.org/ -- 11 December 2008 -- Today W3C announces a new
standard that will help Web designers and developers create sites that
better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users.
Drawing on extensive experience and community feedback, the Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 improve upon W3C's
groundbreaking initial standard for accessible Web content.

This new standard from the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
will advance accessibility across the full range of Web content (such
as text, images, audio, and video) and Web applications. WCAG 2.0 can
be more precisely tested, yet it allows Web developers more
flexibility and potential for innovation. Together with supporting
technical and educational materials, WCAG 2.0 is easier to understand
and use.

WCAG 2.0 addresses barriers to accessing the Web experienced by people
with visual, auditory, physical, cognitive and neurological
disabilities, and by older Web users with accessibility needs. WCAG
2.0 explains how to make content:

* Perceivable (for instance by addressing text alternatives for
images, captions for audio, adaptability of presentation, and color
* Operable (by addressing keyboard access, color contrast, timing
of input, seizure avoidance, and navigability);
* Understandable (by addressing readability, predictability, and
input assistance); and
* Robust (for instance by addressing compatibility with assistive


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