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Call for Review: WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications technical specification

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:18:09 -0500
Message-ID: <4C928991.5020407@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

W3C WAI invites you to review the Accessible Rich Internet Applications *WAI-ARIA Last Call Working Draft* published 5 August 2010 at:
      http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/

WAI-ARIA is a technical specification that defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax (also known as AJAX), HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

The Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) also published updated Working Drafts of the following documents in the WAI-ARIA suite:
* WAI-ARIA Primer (Working Draft of W3C Note) - introduces developers to the accessibility problems that WAI-ARIA is intended to solve, the fundamental concepts, and the technical approach of WAI-ARIA http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-primer
* WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices (Working Draft of W3C Note) - describes how Web content developers can develop accessible rich Web applications using WAI-ARIA http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria-practices
* WAI-ARIA User Agent Implementation Guide (Working Draft of W3C standard "Recommendation") - provides guidance on how browsers and other user agents should expose WAI-ARIA features to platform accessibility APIs http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-implementation
* Role Attribute (Working Draft of W3C standard "Recommendation") - technical specification that allows authors to annotate markup languages with machine-extractable semantic information about the purpose of an element http://www.w3.org/TR/role-attribute

About Last Call:
This second WAI-ARIA Last Call Working Draft is provided for public review of the document now that it has all resolutions from previous comments incorporated. The PFWG hopes that it has resolved all substantive issues with this draft, and looks forward to progressing to the next stages in completing WAI-ARIA. The next stages are described in:
*   How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process
      http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process

Recent updates:
For a list of changes since the last drafts, see the Status section of each document.

Comments:
Please submit comments on any issues that you think could present a barrier to future adoption and implementation of WAI-ARIA. Please send comments per the instructions at:
      http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/comments/instructions
      by *29 October 2010*

For an introduction to the WAI-ARIA suite, please see:
* WAI-ARIA Overview http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria
* WAI-ARIA FAQ http://www.w3.org/WAI/aria/faq

WAI-ARIA works with existing web content technologies, such as HTML, and provides a way to apply the requirements of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 for rich web applications. Accessibility standards developed by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) are listed in WAI Guidelines and Techniques at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/guid-tech.html

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your comments.

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

Regards,
~Shawn Henry, WAI Outreach
Janina Sajka. PFWG Chair
Michael Cooper, PFWG W3C Staff Contact
Judy Brewer, WAI Director




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Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
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