May 25, 2022

Now Available: First Public Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

From a W3C Blog Post:

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) is very happy to announce that the first public working draft of the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 is available. This new version aims to build effectively on the previous foundations of WCAG 2.0 with particular attention being given to the three areas of accessibility on small-screen and touch mobile devices, to users with low vision, and to users with cognitive or learning disabilities.

WCAG 2.0 is a well established vibrant standard with a high level of adoption worldwide. WCAG 2.0 is still broadly applicable to many old and new technologies covering a broad range of needs. However, technology doesn’t sleep and as it marches on brings new challenges for developers and users alike. WCAG 2.1 aims to address these diverse challenges in a substantial way. To do this, over the last three years the (newly renamed) AG WG undertook extensive research of the current user requirements for accessible content creation.

This work took place in task forces that brings together people with specific skills and expertise relating to these areas accessibility on mobile devices, users with low vision and users with cognitive or learning disabilities. Together this work forms the substantial basis of the new WCAG 2.1 draft.

WCAG 2.1 was initially described in the blog WCAG 2.1 under exploration, which proposed changing from an earlier model of WCAG 2.0 extensions to develop a dot-release of the guidelines. The charter to develop WCAG 2.1 was approved in January 2017. We are also happy to say that we have delivered the first public working draft within the charter’s promised timeline.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 (Working Draft)

Media Report: Global Web Standards Consortium Moves to Update Accessibility Guidance (via BNA)




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