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New Resource: Authoring Tool Accessibility Report Generator (keywords: CMS, ATAG, ...)

(2020-06-29)

The Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published the ATAG Report Tool. Authoring tools are software and services used to create web content – such as content management systems (CMS) and what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) HTML editors. W3C's Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) addresses making the authoring tools themselves accessible and helping authors create more accessible web content. Learn more from the ATAG Overview. The new ATAG Report Tool helps authoring tool vendors and evaluators provide information to project managers, procurers, and others who need to know how well potential authoring tools support accessibility.

For Review: Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them

(2020-06-19)

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published an updated Working Draft of Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them. This document is part of work on future accessibility guidelines, including WCAG 3.0. It explores the challenges of evaluating a broad range of websites and applications for conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and explores approaches for mitigating these challenges. Please see the blog post for information on this document and questions for review: Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them - blog.

New Videos Introduce Web Accessibility - Great for GAAD

(2020-05-14)

The Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published 5 short videos that introduce evaluation resources from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The animated videos cover: Easy Checks — A First Review of Web Accessibility, Evaluation Tools, Conformance Evaluation including the Report Tool, and Involving Users in Web Accessibility. Other WAI videos include: Video Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards and the Web Accessibility Perspectives videos that demonstrate how accessibility is essential for some and useful for all. These videos are particularly useful to share for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on 21 May 2020 — along with the free online course: Introduction to Web Accessibility.

For Review: RTC Accessibility User Requirements (RAUR) First Draft

(2020-03-19)

The First Public Working Draft of the Working Group Note RTC Accessibility User Requirements (RAUR) is now available for review. RAUR outlines user needs, requirements, and scenarios for real-time communication (RTC) to be accessible to people with disabilities. Accessible telecommunication technology is increasingly important for people who are working remotely and relying on RTC for daily needs. The purpose of this document is to inform the development of specifications and underlying architecture at W3C and beyond. Some of the requirements apply at the system or platform level, and some are authoring requirements. We would particularly like input on any user needs or requirements that are missing from this draft. For more information, see the blog post RTC Accessibility User Requirements – Call for Review.

For Review: Pronunciation of Text-To-Speech (TTS) Working Drafts

(2020-03-10)

New drafts of Working Group Notes are available for review: Explainer: Improving Spoken Presentation on the Web and Pronunciation Gap Analysis and Use Cases. These documents will guide work on a normative specification to enable content authors to ensure that text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis properly pronounces HTML content. We would particularly like input on additional use cases and requirements not described in these documents; and any aspects of the analysis that are missing, incorrect, or insufficiently defined. For context of this work, please see the Pronunciation Overview.

Notice: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development

(2020-02-27)

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published a First Public Working Draft of WCAG 2.2. Additional success criteria in development for 2.2 address the needs of people with cognitive or learning disabilities, users of mobile devices, and users of ebooks. For information on what’s new in this draft and upcoming work, see the blog post Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 in Development.

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