“Call for Review: Updated WCAG 2.0 Working Draft”

Please check this out:

W3C WAI Director Judy Brewer’s “Call for Review: Updated WCAG 2.0 Working Draft“…

Dear All,

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) invites you to comment on an updated draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0), published on 17 May 2007. WCAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of Web content for people with disabilities.

The updated WCAG 2.0 Public Working Draft incorporates changes in response to comments received on the 27 April 2006 WCAG 2.0 Last Call Working Draft. Because there were a number of substantive changes, WCAG 2.0 has returned to Public Working Draft status. We expect to advance WCAG 2.0 to a second Last Call Working Draft after this Public Working Draft.

W3C/WAI encourages you to review this document and submit comments on any issues which you feel could present a barrier to adoption and implementation of WCAG 2.0. The Working Group seeks feedback on the following points for this draft:

– Are the guidelines and success criteria clear? If not, can you
suggest clearer wording?
– Are there any success criteria that you feel are not
implementable or testable? If so, how could they be improved?
– Are there any success criteria that you feel would not improve
accessibility as written, or that might hinder it? If so, how could they
be improved?

Comments on this Working Draft are due by 29 June 2007. The Working Group requests that comments be made using the online or downloadable comment form available at
http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/comments/
If this is not possible, comments can also be sent to
public-comments-wcag20@w3.org . The archives for this list are publicly available. (Please note that if you submitted comments during the 2006 Last Call Working Draft review period, you will be receiving an email with a response to your individual comments.)

The following document provides an overview of all the WCAG 2.0 documents:
* Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Documents
http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20

The primary document for review is:
* Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-WCAG20-20070517/

A key tool for reviewing and working with WCAG 2.0 has also been updated:
* WCAG 2.0 Quick Reference
http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/20070517/

These supporting documents have been updated as well:
* Understanding WCAG 2.0
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20070517/
* Techniques for WCAG 2.0
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20070517/

A summary of changes to WCAG 2.0 since the previous draft will be available:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2007/05/change-summary

Information on how WAI is developing WCAG 2.0 is available:
* How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process
http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process

Additional information about the WCAG Working Group is available:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/

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 comments.

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
Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C

NOTE: I plan on doing a thorough review of this draft of WCAG 2.0 and publishing my thoughts on this blog.  Make sure you’ve read WCAG 2.0 also so we can start a conversation.

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