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Re: Accessible content management system

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:40:56 -0500
Message-ID: <4E3AAF78.9060508@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Hi WAI IG folks,

I want to take the opportunity of this thread to remind you about ATAG - Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines. ATAG covers content management systems (CMS). It addresses two aspects:
- making the tool itself accessible so that people with disabilities can use it
- helping "authors" (developers, designers, non-technical content updaters, etc.) produce accessible websites that meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0

ATAG 1.0 has been around for 10+ years. ATAG 2.0 is available as a complete Working Draft -- while some points might change, it's pretty settled and usable now. ATAG is introduced in:

Actions you can take:
- Review ATAG 2.0 Working Draft to help ensure that it is comprehensive
- Tell authoring tool developers that you want them to meet ATAG
- Ask authoring tool vendors how their tool conforms to ATAG
- Include ATAG compliance in deciding which tools to use, in procurement, in RFPs/RFTs (requests for proposals/tender), etc.

More info is in the e-mail below.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Call for Review: ATAG 2.0 Updated Working Drafts
Resent-Date: 	Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:07:49 +0000
Resent-From: 	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Date: 	Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:07:30 -0500
From: 	Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
To: 	WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

W3C WAI invites you to review the updated Working Drafts of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 and Implementing ATAG 2.0 published 21 July 2011 at:

ATAG is particularly relevant to you if you use tools to create web content -- tools such as, blogs, wikis, social networking websites, content management systems (CMS), HTML editors, or other such tools[1]. ATAG defines how these tools should help you make your blog posts, websites, etc. accessible -- and how the tools themselves should be accessible so that people with disabilities can use them.

To tool developers:
We invite authoring tool developers to prepare to implement ATAG 2.0, with the caution that the guidelines might change. In the coming months, we'll be asking for tools that meet ATAG 2.0. Will your tool be an example? If you are considering implementing ATAG 2.0 soon, please e-mail Jeanne@w3.org

Recent updates:
For a list of significant changes since the last drafts and specific questions for feedback, see the Status sections:

Please submit comments on how ATAG 2.0 can be improved to better meet the needs of people with disabilities to the publicly-archived list:
	by *15 September 2011*

ATAG defines how authoring tools should help web developers produce web content that is accessible and conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It also defines how to make authoring tools accessible so that people with disabilities can use the tools. ATAG is introduced in the ATAG Overview at:
ATAG is part of a series of accessibility guidelines/standards developed by WAI, which are listed in WAI Guidelines and Techniques at:
ATAG is developed by the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG),

Note about Working Draft status:
ATAG 2.0 was published as a Last Call Working Draft on 8 July 2010. The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG) decided to return to Working Draft stage to refine the document based on the comments received. The Working Group expects to publish another Last Call Working Draft later this year. Last Call and other development stages are described in: How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process at:

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.
Short URI to this archived e-mail: http://bit.ly/atag2011july

[1] Examples of authoring tools: http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/atag.php#for

Shawn Henry, WAI Outreach
Jutta Treviranus, AUWG Chair
Jeanne Spellman, AUWG W3C Staff Contact

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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