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From: Avneesh Singh <avneesh.sg@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2018 19:16:49 +0530
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For information of the group, WCAG 2.1 has entered CR stage.
PWG accessibility TF collaborated with AG for machine readable accessibility 

With regards
-----Original Message----- 
From: Xueyuan
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 17:10
To: w3c-ac-forum@w3.org
Cc: chairs@w3.org
Subject: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is a W3C Candidate 
Recommendation (Call for Implementations)

Dear Advisory Committee Representative,

I am pleased to announce that Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
(WCAG) 2.1 is a W3C Candidate Recommendation:

The approval and publication are in response to this transition request:

Please provide feedback by 30 March 2018 as follows:
File issues at https://github.com/w3c/wcag21/issues/new or send email to

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group especially invites feedback
from the following groups with dependencies:

     Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group
     ARIA Working Group
     Cascading Style Sheets Working Group
     Publishing Working Group
     Education and Outreach Working Group
     Internationalization Activity
     WAI Interest Group
     Web Platform Working Group

Some objections were raised in the Working Group on proceeding to
Candidate Recommendation with this version, as these guidelines did not
adopt as many as hoped of the Success Criteria proposed for persons with
cognitive and learning disabilities. In accepting the Group Chairs'
conclusion to proceed while acknowledging those objections, the Director
concurs that the material in the CR is a useful incremental improvement
in accessibility for the areas that have been addressed.

The Chairs and Team will work with the Group during the Candidate
Recommendation period to clarify the claims made in the abstract and
will continue to work with the Group and stakeholder communities to
advance additional Success Criteria on the Recommendation Track in
subsequent versions of the standard.

Patent disclosures relevant to this specification may be found on the
Accessibility Guidelines Working Group's patent disclosure page in
conformance with W3C policy:

This Call for Implementations follows section 6.4 "Candidate
Recommendation" of the W3C Process Document:

Thank you,

For Tim Berners-Lee, Director, and
Philippe Le H├ęgaret, Project Management Lead;
Xueyuan Jia, W3C Marketing & Communications

Quoting from
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
W3C Candidate Recommendation 30 January 2018

This Version:
Latest Published Version:


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 covers a wide range of
recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these
guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with
disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing
loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement,
speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these. These
guidelines address accessibility of web content on desktops, laptops,
tablets, and mobile devices. Following these guidelines will also often
make your Web content more usable to users in general.

WCAG 2.1 success criteria are written as testable statements that are
not technology-specific. Guidance about satisfying the success criteria
in specific technologies, as well as general information about
interpreting the success criteria, is provided in separate documents.
See Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview for an
introduction and links to WCAG technical and educational material.

WCAG 2.1 extends Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 [WCAG20],
which was published as a W3C Recommendation December 2008. Content that
conforms to WCAG 2.1 also conforms to WCAG 2.0, and therefore to
policies that reference WCAG 2.0.

Until WCAG 2.1 advances to W3C Recommendation, the current and
referenceable document is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
[WCAG20], published as a W3C Recommendation December 2008.

Editor's note

The introduction to WCAG 2.0 says "even content that conforms at the
highest level (AAA) will not be accessible to individuals with all
types, degrees, or combinations of disability, particularly in the
cognitive, language, and learning areas." While WCAG 2.1 provides
additional guidance, it is still true that it does not provide universal
coverage. The Working Group plans to add additional clarification about
this in the next publication.

Status of This document:

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its
publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of
current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical
report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at

This is a Candidate Recommendation of Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) from the Accessibility Guidelines Working
Group. This version integrates some changes in response to comments
received on the 7 December 2017 Working Draft and earlier drafts. Some
Success Criteria are marked as "at risk" due to concerns around
implementation and testing challenges, and could be removed if testing
does not document sufficient implementation. The Working Group plans to
advance past Candidate Recommendation when the Candidate Recommendation
Exit Criteria have been met.

Publication as a Candidate Recommendation indicates that the AG WG
believes it has addressed sufficient substantive issues and that the
document is ready for trial implementations. The first public Working
Draft of WCAG 2.1 was published 28 February 2017. Since then, the AG WG
has published six additional Working Drafts, addressed more than 500
issues, and developed support information for the guidelines while
adhering to a strict timeline. See How WAI Develops Accessibility
Guidelines through the W3C Process for more background on document
maturity levels.

To comment, file an issue in the W3C WCAG 2.1 GitHub repository. The
Working Group requests that public comments be filed as new issues, one
issue per discrete comment. It is free to create a GitHub account to
file issues. If filing issues in GitHub is not feasible, send email to
public-agwg-comments@w3.org (comment archive). Comments are requested by
30 March 2018. In-progress updates to the document may be viewed in the
publicly visible editors' draft.

This document was published by the Accessibility Guidelines Working
Group as a Candidate Recommendation. This document is intended to become
a W3C Recommendation. Comments regarding this document are welcome.
Please send them to public-comments-wcag20@w3.org (subscribe, archives).
W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation to indicate that the document
is believed to be stable and to encourage implementation by the
developer community. This Candidate Recommendation is expected to
advance to Proposed Recommendation no earlier than 30 March 2018.

Please see the Working Group's implementation report.

Publication as a Candidate Recommendation does not imply endorsement by
the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated,
replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is
inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

This document was produced by a group operating under the W3C Patent
Policy. W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in
connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes
instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has actual
knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential
Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of
the W3C Patent Policy.

This document is governed by the 1 March 2017 W3C Process Document.
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