W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) update

Andrew Arch - AGIMO
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At the start of June, Shadi Abou-Zahra from the W3C’s WAI International program Office was in Canberra to present at the ANZ Testing Board’s (ANZTB) conference. During his stay, Shadi also presented to an Australian Government audience where he talked about the importance of authoring tools in creating accessible web content, and the role browsers and assistive technologies play in making accessible content available. He also talked about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and the role of the WCAG 2.0 Techniques in supporting WCAG 2.0, emphasising that the W3C does not consider them definitive or exhaustive. On that note, Shadi encouraged us all to provide feedback on the practical application of WCAG 2.0 and to submit any new techniques we develop in order to expand the database of ‘best practice’ approaches to implementing WCAG 2.0. AGIMO, as a W3C member, is happy to submit these on behalf of agencies if web developers would like to contact us. Shadi also introduced the Evaluation Methodology currently under development by a WAI task force which is designed around five formal steps:

  1. Define the evaluation scope
  2. Explore the target website
  3. Select the representative sample
  4. Audit the selected sample
  5. Report the evaluation findings

Australian Government web developers were invited to read and try the methodology and email the task force with comments or suggestions; alternatively, contact the AGIMO Web Policy team to discuss any feedback you’ve got. Shadi concluded by mentioning work recently commenced on a series of accessibility tutorials for WCAG 2.0 as guidance for developers. Shadi’s slides from both presentations are available:

Andrew Arch Web Policy, AGIMO

Comments (2)

Hi @swifty and thanks for your comment. We will shortly be launching an updated blog format which will include the year.



Hi, I can't easily see where your blog posts are dated (including the year).

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