Re: Fwd: Call for Review: ATAG 2.0 Updated Working Drafts

Shawn, it would be great to have a unified response, but I am concerned
that discussing this document would precious meeting time that we need
for the very important projects on our plate.
I do plan to make extensive comments as an individual. If anyone wants
to compare notes off line before commenting, I would be happy to do so.

>>> On 5/3/2011 at 9:42 AM, in message <>, Shawn
Henry <> wrote:

Please note the updated ATAG Working Draft announced on the WAI IG list
last week. Now is a good time to review ATAG thoroughly, since it is
expected that the next publication will be Last Call Working Draft.

Please let me know right away if you would like to discuss this in
EOWG, or if you will be submitting comments individually.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Call for Review: ATAG 2.0 Updated Working Drafts
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:54:18 -0500
From: Shawn Henry <>
To: WAI Interest Group <>

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 26 April 2011 at: 

To people with disabilities:
We especially encourage people with disabilities and accessibility
specialists to review this draft of ATAG 2.0 and let us know how it can
be improved to better meet the needs of people with disabilities. ATAG
is particularly relevant to you if you use 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

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

Note about Working Draft status:
ATAG 2.0 was published as a Last Call Working Draft on 8 July 2010. Due
to substantial changes made in response to over 250 comments on that
draft, the Working Group decided to return to Working Draft stage to
collect feedback on these changes. The Working Group expects to publish
another Last Call Working Draft in a few months. Last Call and other
development stages are described in: How WAI Develops Accessibility
Guidelines through the W3C Process at: 

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 *24 May 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), 

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: 

[1] Examples of authoring tools: 

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

Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
phone: +1.617.395.7664

Received on Wednesday, 4 May 2011 00:35:08 UTC