W3C LogoThe Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) today announced that WCAG 2.0 had reached the candidate recommendation stage in its process of evolving into a specification:

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group is excited to announce the publication of WCAG 2.0 as a W3C Candidate Recommendation on 30 April. WCAG 2.0 explains how to make Web sites, applications, and other content accessible to people with disabilities, and many elderly users.

Candidate Recommendation (CR) is a major step in the W3C standards development process; it signals that there is broad consensus in the Working Group and among public reviewers on the technical content of WCAG 2.0.

The primary purpose of the candidate recommendation stage is for developers and designers to
“test drive” WCAG 2.0, to demonstrate that it can be practically implemented in a web
site.

Previous attempts at refining this document were met with outcry from both members of the working group, the general public and outspoken accessibility activists, primarily because of issues to do with confusing wording and concepts that appeared to threaten practical accessibility in exchange for tools being able to determine the accessibility of a page in an automated fashion.

Read the latest revision of WCAG 2 here.

Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.

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