New WCAG 2.0 Techniques released by the W3C

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Raven Calais - AGIMO
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Announced in a media release last week, the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative has released a number of new and improved Techniques to meet or help meet WCAG 2.0. This is excellent news for agencies looking to create more dynamic or interactive websites, with the release of techniques for multimedia, Flash and WAI-ARIA.

Especially for agencies already using Flash on their websites, ensure you review these new techniques and comply with recommended processes to improve accessibility.

However, the announcement comes with a caveat:

“...publication of techniques for a specific technology does not imply that the technology can be used in all cases to create accessible content that meets WCAG 2.0. (For example, the Flash Techniques for WCAG 2.0 say: "Flash accessibility support for assistive technology relies on use in Windows operating systems, using Internet Explorer 6 or later (with Flash Player 6 or later) or Mozilla Firefox 3 or later (with Flash Player 9 or later).") Developers need to be aware of the limitations of specific technologies and ensure that they create content in a way that is accessible to all their potential users.”

View the full media release online.

What do you think of the new techniques?

Comments (3)

Dear Raven,

I think that publishing techniques to resolve accesibility challenges and classifing them by rendering technology is a huge improvement compared to the WCAG 1.0 guidelines. This also means that accesibility check points are less likely to be interpreted subjectively.

Talking about accesible technologies, I would like to know what the current position of AGIMO is ragarding the Adobe SmartForms technology.

Regards,

Thanks Angel. AGIMO is reviewing a range of technologies and common accessibility issues under the National Transition Strategy, we refer to this work as Mitigation Projects. SmartForms are on the list for review, but until such time as policy is released, agencies should ensure that they only rely upon technologies which have WCAG 2.0 Sufficient Techniques.

Where no Sufficient Techniques (currently) exist, agencies should provide the content in another format to limit risk of Disability Discrimination complaint.

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Last updated: 28 July 2016