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WCAG Techniques & Understanding WCAG Updated March 2014

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:02:02 -0500
Message-ID: <531F175A.2060107@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

W3C WAI today published updates to two supporting documents for Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0:
- Techniques for WCAG 2.0 <http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/>
- Understanding WCAG 2.0 <http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/>

WCAG 2.0 itself is a stable document that does not change. The WCAG guidelines and success criteria are designed to be broadly applicable to current and future web technologies, including dynamic applications, mobile, digital television, etc. For an introduction to the WCAG documents, see the WCAG Overview <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag.php>.
The supporting resources published today (called W3C Working Group Notes) provide specific guidance -- including code examples, resources, and tests -- and are updated periodically to cover current practices for meeting WCAG.

These updates include new techniques for WAI-ARIA. Note that publication of techniques for a specific technology does not imply that the technology can be used in all situations to create content that meets WCAG 2.0. Developers need to be aware of the limitations of specific technologies and ensure that they provide content in a way that is accessible to potential users.

*Please see the following blog posts for more information*:

- *WCAG Techniques for image text alternatives* <http://www.w3.org/blog/2014/03/wcag-techniques-for-image-text-alternatives> discusses providing text alternatives for images with the alt attribute and WAI-ARIA attributes, and how these are addressed in the updated techniques for ARIA10 and F65.

- *Techniques for WCAG and Understanding WCAG Documents updated, including additional WAI-ARIA techniques* <http://www.w3.org/blog/2014/03/wcag-techniques-updated> includes that updates to these supporting documents are now planned for every 6 months.

About the URIs:
The first links above go to the latest version of the documents. The "dated" versions are:
- http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20140311/
- http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20140311/
The difference between these links are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/linking.html>

Please let us know if you have any questions.
Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.

Shawn Henry, W3C, WAI Outreach
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adobe Systems Inc., WCAG WG Co-Chair
Joshue O Connor, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, W3C, WCAG WG Staff Contact

Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
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