WCAG.next - where do we go from here?
Par John Foliot
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The W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 were first published on December 11th, 2008, and have become the defacto standard for web accessibility around the planet.
The Specification has become an ISO standard, is referenced directly by laws and legislation in numerous countries (while serving as a template for other regional laws), and has become a well known (if sometimes less understood) Specification in the web developer's toolbox today.
But December 2008 was a long time ago on the web: the hottest mobile device was the iPhone 3G, HTML5 was still mostly a WHAT WG specification, ARIA was in it's early days of being drafted (with no support anywhere), and the hot browsers of the day were Internet Explorer 6/7 (58.4%) and Firefox 2 (31.1%).
Boy, have things changed!
And yet, WCAG 2.0 remains WCAG 2.0, and accessibility experts at the W3C recognized that without keeping up with the times, WCAG 2.0 would soon be a dated specification, with gaps and holes, and serious issues left unaddressed. BUT, because WCAG 2.0 has been referenced by laws and legislation around the planet, updating WCAG 2.0 is problematic - the W3C could not change the WCAG specification without stepping on those laws.
But there is a plan to move forward! Join Deque System's Principal Accessibility Strategist John Foliot, as he takes us through the history, the hiccups, the dilemmas and decisions as the W3C moves forward in keeping web accessibility requirements, techniques and best practices current, to best service the millions of Persons with Disabilities on the web today.
Learn how far we've come in the areas of accessibility on the mobile platform, accessibility for users with low vision, and the amazing progress being made for users with various forms of cognitive disability.
John will also provide some insights and future milestones we can all anticipate towards an enhanced web accessibility standard, and the future of WCAG.next.