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Updated Web Accessibility Guidelines Help Developers Make Sites More Accessible

In December 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium announced the publication of the second version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).   The WCAG is used by website developers to ensure that websites available to the public are accessible to people with disabilities who use assistive technology.  The original standards, published in May 1999, needed to be updated to keep pace with new technologies and applications.

“Because WCAG 2.0 applies to all Web technologies, it can help ensure that the Web stays open to people with disabilities even as we continually introduce new technologies. We incorporated feedback from thousands of comments received during the development of WCAG 2.0 regarding user needs, and technical feasibility,” said Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden, Co-Chair of WCAG Working Group, and Director of the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin stated in a W3C press release. “WCAG 2.0 represents the outcome of a major collaborative effort, and its final form is widely supported by industry, disability organizations, research and government. This balance is important in order for WCAG 2.0 to serve as a unifying international standard for Web accessibility.”

For more information about the new WCAG, please visit the Web Accessibility Initiative’s homepage.

 

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