WCAG 2.0 Breaking News

WCAG 2.0 was released today, and they’ve issued a press release about it. (Thanks to Orchid on AccessifyForum for the spot).

It was made a Proposed recommendation on the 3rd of November, and today it has been released as a full W3C Recommendation.

Everyone, get adopting. It’s time for government bodies, industry, the world in general, and … er, the BSI … to realise it’s time to switch to WCAG 2.0.

2 Responses to “WCAG 2.0 Breaking News”

  1. Jeanne Spellman responds:

    Can you repost your original series on WCAG 2? They are very good articles.

  2. Seb Crump responds:

    I think we’ve been consistent in saying that the switch is not going to happen overnight. Certainly my understanding from the government perspective is that we would have to wait for the EU to update their directive before we can not keep referring back to WCAG1.0.

    Personally I would like to see the UK take a lead and state that government sites would also be expected to meet WCAG2.0 in 2010, as the two versions are not entirely incompatible and there has been much complaint about WCAG1.0 not really being fit for purpose anymore anyway. However, as I think I warned before, I am disappointed that the following has remained in:

    1.2.5 Audio Description (Prerecorded): Audio description is provided for all prerecorded video content in synchronized media. (Level AA)

    This is too much of a time and cost burden and I think goes beyond ‘reasonable adjustments’. This will most likely either mean an end to the adoption of video on government sites (a backward step) or the fact that government cannot be expected to reach AA and therefore the threshold would have to be A (missing lots of useful AA features).

    The only other alternative I can think of is that videos are always hosted external to the government site, which is to the detrement of the general usability and could lead to even lower accessibility.

    Disclaimer These are my personal views and are not meant to represent official guidance from my employer, COI, or the civil service

    PS. Jeanne if you click on Accessibility link under Post Categories you’ll find them in this blog’s archive.

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