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RE: When should I start using WCAG 2.0?

From: Chris Harpin <chris@castus.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 22:23:30 -0000
To: "'Gian Sampson-Wild'" <gian.sampson-wild@its.monash.edu.au>, "'Phill Jenkins'" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20061116222335.EF738846147@mcr-smtp-002.bulldogdsl.com>

I am in the process of bidding for a tender where one of the requirements is
for the site to be constructed to meet WCAG 2.0 AAA standard.

I have informed the potential client of the current situation that WCAG2.0
itself states 'Until WCAG 2.0 advances to W3C Recommendation, the current
and referenceable document is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG

As an industry, opinions are divided as to which criteria should be met and
we are all aware that many changes are expected following the volume of
feedback from the 'Final Working Draft'.

Can someone from within the W3C give an indication as to when a further
announcement is likely and how fundamental are the changes going to be from
what has been published thus far.

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Gian Sampson-Wild
Sent: 16 November 2006 06:13
To: Phill Jenkins
Cc: WAI Interest Group
Subject: Re: When should I start using WCAG 2.0?

Yes, except that WCAG 2.0 has not yet been approved by the W3C Member 
Committee and therefore is subject to change.

I would be holding off on developing to WCAG 2.0 as long as humanly 
possible, speaking as a prior Member of the W3C Web Content 
Accessibility Guidelines Working Group.


Phill Jenkins wrote:
> Very nicely done FAQs in my opinion, especially this one:
> *When should I start using WCAG 2.0?*
> WCAG 1.0 is the stable and referenceable version. A complete Working 
> Draft of WCAG 2.0 is available, yet some aspects of it are changing 
> based on comments received. Some people may choose to wait to start 
> using WCAG 2.0 until the documents are more stable, and additional views 
> and supporting material are available.
> Some organizations have already started using WCAG 2.0. There are many 
> benefits to using WCAG 2.0 Working Drafts in your current and upcoming 
> projects:
>     * WCAG 2.0 is more applicable to current technologies, future
>       technologies, and non-W3C technologies.
>     * WCAG 2.0 supporting documents, such as _Understanding WCAG 2.0_
>       <http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/>, provide more
>       information to help you understand and implement the guidelines. 
>     * You can develop and _submit techniques_
>       <http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/TECHS-SUBMIT/> that may be added
>       to _Techniques for WCAG 2.0_ <http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/>.
>     * You will be ahead of some others, and when WCAG 2.0 is finalized,
>       you will be able to meet it sooner. 
> If your site is required to meet WCAG 1.0, you may choose to develop it 
> to meet both WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0.
> After reading the _Overview of WCAG 2.0 Documents_ 
> <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20>, the best place to start using WCAG 
> 2.0 is the _Quick Reference_ <http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/>.
> a WCAG 2 FAQ at:
>  http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/wcag2faq.html
> Regards,
> Phill Jenkins
> IBM Worldwide Accessibility Center
> http://www.ibm.com/able

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