Call for Review: Applying WCAG to Non-Web ICT

Dear WAI Interest Group,

WAI invites you to comment on the First Public Working Draft of Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT) that is available at:

About this document:
This draft document provides guidance on how Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 can be applied to non-web information and communications technologies (ICT), specifically documents and software. It does not discuss whether or not WCAG 2.0 should be applied to non-Web ICT.
This draft is an informative supporting document for WCAG 2.0. It is not normative, does not set requirements, and does not change the scope of WCAG 2.0 itself. It is planned to be a W3C Working Group Note.

The WCAG WG believes the structure and approach of this document is complete. It includes existing wording from WCAG 2.0 -- the principles, guidelines, success criteria -- and the Intent sections from Understanding WCAG 2.0. It provides additional guidance on applying each success criteria to electronic documents and software, including the software aspects of products.
In this draft, there are some sections yet to be written (which are indicated with "The WCAG2ICT Task Force has not yet produced additional guidance..."), there are some questions and editor's notes to be addressed, and we expect additional edits based on review comments.

Review and comments:

For this draft, we particularly seek comments on:
* The overall approach of the document.
* The "Additional Guidance" in this draft.
* Additional key terms to be defined in this document.
* Is it necessary or helpful to provide guidance on applying the principles and/or guidelines? (This draft currently provides guidance only for success criteria.) Note that only the success criteria are used for determining conformance to WCAG 2.0.

Please send comments on this draft to the publicly-archived mailing list:
*by 7 September 2012*

About the related documents:
* The focus of this review is the Additional Guidance sections (not the wording taken from other documents).
* Understanding WCAG 2.0 is being updated. It will continue to focus on web technologies and not be changed to specifically address non-web ICT.
* WCAG 2.0 itself is a stable Web Standard that will not change.
* If you have comments on the wording taken from WCAG 2.0 or Understanding WCAG 2.0, please read the Instructions for Commenting on WCAG 2.0 Documents at:

About the URI:
The first URI in this e-mail goes to the latest version of the document. The "dated" version of this draft is:
The difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at:

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your comments.
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~Shawn Henry, W3C, WAI Outreach
Loretta Guarino Reid, Google Inc., WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, Trace R&D Center, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Andi Snow-Weaver, IBM Corporation, WCAG2ICT TF Co-Facilitator
Mike Pluke, Castle Consulting, WCAG2ICT TF Co-Facilitator
Michael Cooper, W3C, WCAG WG and WCAG2ICT TF Staff Contact
Judy Brewer, W3C, WAI Director

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

Received on Friday, 27 July 2012 14:40:18 UTC