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News Release: W3C Invites Developers to Implement WCAG 2.0

From: Marie-Claire Forgue <mcf@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 17:16:06 +0200
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W3C Invites Developers to Implement WCAG 2.0

WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Advances to Candidate 
Recommendation
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    http://www.w3.org/ -- 30 April 2008 -- Today, W3C announces that
    the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 is ready for
    developers and designers to test in Web content and Web
    applications. Publication of WCAG 2.0 as a Candidate Recommendation,
    a major step in the W3C standards process, signals broad
    consensus in the WCAG Working Group and among public reviewers
    on the technical content of the document.

    "The community is eager for WCAG 2.0 to become a final W3C
    Recommendation, and this takes us one step closer," said Loretta
    Guarino Reid, Co-Chair of the WCAG Working Group. "Advancing WCAG
    2.0 to Candidate Recommendation provides a stable document that
    developers can use for trial implementations in their Web sites."

WCAG 2.0 Meets Today's Needs

    WCAG addresses accessibility of Web content for people with
    disabilities and many elderly users, and is one of three Web
    accessibility guidelines produced by W3C's Web Accessibility
    Initiative (WAI). WCAG 2.0 provides a stable foundation for
    accessibility of Web content and Web applications, and supporting
    documents enable it to be used flexibly across the broad range of
    Web technologies and environments in today's Web. WCAG 2.0 is
    designed to be easier to use than WCAG 1.0, and is more precisely
    testable, using a combination of automated testing and human
    evaluation.

WCAG 2.0 Incorporates Extensive Community Feedback

    "WCAG 2.0 has been developed with extensive community input," said
    Gregg Vanderheiden, Co-Chair of the WCAG Working Group, and Director
    of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    "We've worked very hard, including publishing twelve Working Drafts
    and addressing more than 3000 comments, in order to ensure that WCAG
    2.0 meets the need for an updated international standard with which
    national and local Web accessibility guidelines can harmonize."

WCAG Working Group Seeks Diverse Implementations of WCAG 2.0

    The Working Group seeks feedback from implemention experience of
    WCAG 2.0 in diverse types of Web sites and Web applications by 30
    June 2008. A comprehensive suite of supporting documents is
    available to help implementors, and includes How to Meet WCAG
    2.0, which allows developers and designers to build a customized
    view of WCAG 2.0 requirements; Understanding WCAG 2.0;
    Techniques for WCAG 2.0; an Overview of WCAG 2.0 Documents;
    a WCAG 2.0 FAQ; and Comparison between WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0
    to support transitions to WCAG 2.0.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium
    where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work
    together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission
    through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to
    ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 400 organizations are
    Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL)
    in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and
    Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University
    in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more
    information see http://www.w3.org/

About the Web Accessibility Initiative [WAI]

    W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with
    organizations around the world, pursuing Web accessibility by
    ensuring that core technologies of the Web support accessibility;
    developing guidelines for Web content, user agents, and authoring
    tools; facilitating development of evaluation and repair tools for
    accessibility; conducting education and outreach; and coordinating
    with research and development that can affect future accessibility
    of the Web. WAI is supported in part by the U.S. Department of
    Education; European Commission's Information Society Technologies
    Programme; IBM; Microsoft Corporation; SAP; and Wells Fargo.

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