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[Fwd: WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Ready to Test Drive]

From: Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 12:07:16 -0400
Message-ID: <48189934.9010409@w3.org>
To: List WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
The WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation has been published. Thanks to the
Working Group for all your work in getting the document to this stage.
Thanks to Loretta, Gregg, Ben, Shawn, and Judy for a lot of work in the
publication preparation.

There is a press release that accompanies this publication - see
http://www.w3.org/2008/04/wcag20cr-pressrelease

Michael

-------- Original Message --------

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group is excited
to announce the publication of WCAG 2.0 as a W3C Candidate
Recommendation on 30 April. WCAG 2.0 explains how to make Web sites,
applications, and other content accessible to people with disabilities,
and many elderly users.

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/CR-WCAG20-20080430/

Candidate Recommendation (CR) is a major step in the W3C standards
development process; it signals that there is broad consensus in the
Working Group and among public reviewers on the technical content of
WCAG 2.0. The W3C Process stages are described in:

How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process

The primary purpose of this CR stage is for developers and designers to
"test drive" WCAG 2.0 to demonstrate that WCAG 2.0 can be implemented in
Web sites. WAI encourages a broad range of Web sites and Web
applications to use WCAG 2.0 at this stage, and share implementation
experience. For information on submitting your implementations, see:

WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Implementation Information

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/CR/

If you plan to provide implementations, please let us know your
intentions by *23 May 2008*.

Actual implementations are due by *30 June 2008*.

It is important to note that some WCAG 2.0 requirements are at risk;
thatis, they may not be included if there are not sufficient
implementations. Items at risk are listed under “Items at Risk” in:

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/CR-WCAG20-20080430/#status_risk

While the focus of this stage is to collect implementations, the comment
form and email address are still available from:

Instructions for Commenting on WCAG 2.0 Documents

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/comments/

The different WCAG 2.0 documents that the WCAG Working Group updated
with this publication are introduced in:

Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Documents
http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20.php

A key tool for using WCAG 2.0 documents, which was previously called the
"Quick Reference", is:

How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to WCAG 2.0
requirements...

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/

For more information about the Candidate Recommendation status of WCAG
2.0 and the changes since the last publication, see:

"Status of this Document" section of WCAG 2.0

    http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/CR-WCAG20-20080430/#status

WCAG 2.0 is part of a series of accessibility guidelines/standards
developed by WAI, which are listed in:

WAI Guidelines and Techniques

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/guid-tech.html

Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid
cross-postings where possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for
your help implementing WCAG 2.0.

Regards,

~Shawn Lawton Henry and Judy Brewer

On behalf of:
Loretta Guarino Reid, Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Computer Scientist,
GoogleInc.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Director of Trace R&D
Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Cooper, W3C Team Contact for WCAG WG

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Shawn Lawton Henry, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
phone: +1-617-395-7664
e-mail: shawn@w3.org

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Michael Cooper
Web Accessibility Specialist
World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
E-mail cooper@w3.org <mailto:cooper@w3.org>
Information Page <http://www.w3.org/People/cooper/>
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