The W3C announced today that WCAG2 is now a candidate recommendation and is likely to be “live” by the end of the year.
The W3C says
Candidate Recommendation means that we think the technical content is stable and we want developers and designers to start using WCAG 2.0, to test it out in every-day situations.
It’s a while since I looked at it and it’s changed a lot since then (for the better), so I’ll be starting from the comparison of WCAG 1.0 checkpoints to WCAG 2.0 and the customisable quick reference How to Meet WCAG 2.0.
The W3C is looking for help, too:
What’s important now is that we need your help moving WCAG 2.0 to the next stage. In order to advance WCAG 2.0, we need to demonstrate that it can be implemented in different types of Web content, in a variety of human languages, and using a variety of technologies[…]
We welcome WCAG 2.0 implementation experience from a wide range of environments, including e-commerce, government, education, blogs, etc.
Note that there are a few success criteria that are at risk of becoming advisory if we don’t get at least two implementations of them. Here is a special appeal for implementations of those at risk success criteria.
To be a part of this stage of WCAG 2.0 implementation experience, check out WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation Implementation Information.
We urge anyone who can help the W3C to do so: it makes for a better set of guidelines for us all.
- #1 On May 2nd, 2008 3:07 am Robin replied:
- #2 On May 13th, 2008 10:08 am Richard Morton - QM Consulting Ltd replied:
The big questions then are 1) Will there be a divergence as developers, auditors etc. stick with the old standard or move to the new one and 2) will it be like PHP4/5 and the two versions will coexist and be acceptable for years to come. In the words of Big Brother (and in a strong Geordie Accent): You decide.
- #3 On May 13th, 2008 11:38 am Max replied:
Recommendation is a good idea but lets see weather it will work
- #4 On May 29th, 2008 7:52 am graaam replied:
Note that there are a few success criteria that are at risk of becoming advisory if we don’t get at least two implementations of them !!!!
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