WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Ready to Test Drive

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group is excited to announce the publication of WCAG 2.0 as a W3C Candidate Recommendation on 30 April. WCAG 2.0 explains how to make Web sites, applications, and other content accessible to people with disabilities, and many elderly users.

Candidate Recommendation (CR) is a major step in the W3C standards development process; it signals that there is broad consensus in the Working Group and among public reviewers on the technical content of WCAG 2.0. The W3C Process stages are described in:
	How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process

The primary purpose of this CR stage is for developers and designers to "test drive" WCAG 2.0 to demonstrate that WCAG 2.0 can be implemented in Web sites. WAI encourages a broad range of Web sites and Web applications to use WCAG 2.0 at this stage, and share implementation experience. For information on submitting your implementations, see:
	WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Implementation Information
If you plan to provide implementations, please let us know your intentions by *23 May 2008*.
Actual implementations are due by *30 June 2008*.

It is important to note that some WCAG 2.0 requirements are at risk; that is, they may not be included if there are not sufficient implementations. Items at risk are listed under “Items at Risk” in:

While the focus of this stage is to collect implementations, the comment form and email address are still available from:
	Instructions for Commenting on WCAG 2.0 Documents

The different WCAG 2.0 documents that the WCAG Working Group updated with this publication are introduced in:
	Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Documents

A key tool for using WCAG 2.0 documents, which was previously called the "Quick Reference", is:
	How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to WCAG 2.0 requirements...

For more information about the Candidate Recommendation status of WCAG 2.0 and the changes since the last publication, see:
	"Status of this Document" section of WCAG 2.0

WCAG 2.0 is part of a series of accessibility guidelines/standards developed by WAI, which are listed in:
	WAI Guidelines and Techniques

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

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help implementing WCAG 2.0.

~Shawn Lawton Henry and Judy Brewer
On behalf of:
Loretta Guarino Reid, Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Computer Scientist, Google Inc.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Director of Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael Cooper, W3C Team Contact for WCAG WG

Shawn Lawton Henry, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
phone: +1-617-395-7664
e-mail: shawn@w3.org

Received on Wednesday, 30 April 2008 15:50:37 UTC