September 17, 2021

“Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities” (New Resource From Two World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Working Groups)

From a W3C Announcement:

The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) and the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group have published the Working Group Note “Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities” from the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (COGA). This document helps make web content, including applications, meet the needs of people with cognitive and learning disabilities. It covers aims and objectives for usable content; design patterns (ways) to make content usable; including users in research, design, and testing activities; personas; and user needs. The document provides informative “supplemental guidance” beyond the requirements of WCAG 2. It is not required for conformance to WCAG. We welcome comments for the next version of this document. To learn about W3C work on accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities

From the Working Group Note:

This document has content about:

  • people with cognitive and learning disabilities,
  • aims and objectives for usable content,
  • design patterns (ways) to make content usable,
  • including users in design and testing activities, and
  • personas (examples) and user needs.

The objectives and patterns presented here provide supplemental guidance beyond the requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG [WCAG22]. Following this guidance is not required for conformance to WCAG [WCAG22]. However, following this guidance will increase accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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