Web content accessibility got ya down? W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative recently published updates to two accompanying guides that may help you out.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series published by a nook of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) called the Web Accessibility Initiative. WCAG 2.0, the most current version, was published as a W3C Recommendation on December 11, 2008.
WCAG 2.0 took approximately 5 years of work to complete, but the entire industry, including all interested parties, was only given 34 days to comment. This is longer than the suggested three week minimum, of course, but perhaps not long enough for a document of this size (450 pages). Accordingly, The Working Group left a sliver of a window in the form of a submittable document in which users could report their issues.
Today, an update of two Notes, perhaps influenced in part by the form, are here to accompany WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. Note that this is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.
Understanding WCAG 2.0
"Understanding WCAG 2.0" is what W3C calls "an essential guide to understanding and using Web Content Accessibility Guidelines." Basically, this means that though they do not set requirements, they do provide the guidance you or someone you know might need. Contents include:
- Introduction to Understanding WCAG 2.0
- Understanding Guideline 1.1 [Text Alternatives]
- Understanding Success Criterion 1.1.1 [Non-text Content]
- Understanding Conformance
- Appendix A How to refer to WCAG 2.0 from other documents
- Appendix B Documenting Accessibility Support for Uses of a Web Technology
- Appendix C Understanding Metadata
- Appendix D References
Techniques for WCAG 2.0
"Techniques for WCAG 2.0" provides Web content developers with specific authoring practices that can be used in support of the WCAG 2.0 success criteria. The techniques included are fairly general, and include basic practices to make it easier for Web content to demonstrate conformance to WCAG 2.0 success criteria.
- Introduction to Techniques for WCAG 2.0
- Sufficient and Advisory Techniques
- Technique Collections
- Common Failures
The guides are both fairly long, but offer some great advice increasing your content's accessibility. Check out more info here.