[Irl-dean] Last Call Working Draft of WCAG 2.0!

Joshue O Connor joshue.oconnor at ncbi.ie
Fri Apr 28 11:11:30 IST 2006

I am just having a look through the draft, and under:

Understanding Guideline 1.2: Provide synchronized alternatives for multimedia

they keep talking about "dialogueue".

> Sometimes, there is so much dialogueue that audio descriptions cannot fit into existing pauses in the dialogueue.

Thats a new one on me :)


Joshue O Connor

Senior Web Accessibility Consultant

Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)
National Council for the Blind of Ireland

Website: http://www.cfit.ie
E-Mail: joshue.oconnor at cfit.ie
Tel: 01 8821980

Barry McMullin wrote:
> Hi Folks -
> As most of you will know, the development of WCAG 2.0 has been a
> rather long and tortuous one.  However, it looks like it might
> really be coming in for a landing at last.  I attach below a copy
> of the announcement of the "Last Call Working Draft", which has
> just been issued.
> I would strongly encourage members of irl-dean to have a look at
> this draft, and make further comments if necessary. Comments
> should be received by W3C on or before 31 May 2006.
> (Personally I consider the idea of an explicitly declared
> "baseline" for the client side technology to be the single most
> significant innovation in WCAG 2.0.  I'm not sure yet whether it
> is a "good" innovation or a "bad" innovation, but it certainly
> will change the ground rules for web accessibility very
> significantly.)
> Best regards,
> - Barry.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 12:57:28 -0700
> From: Wendy Chisholm <wendy at w3.org>
> To: w3c-wai-ig at w3.org
> Cc: jbrewer at w3.org, john_slatin at forum.utexas.edu, po at trace.wisc.edu,
>      Ben Caldwell <caldwell at trace.wisc.edu>
> Subject: Call for Review: Last Call Working Draft of Web Content
>     Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
> Dear WAI Interest Group Participants:
> A Last Call Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
> (WCAG 2.0) as well as two supporting documents were published 27 April 2006.
> W3C strongly encourages broad community review of this Last Call Working
> Draft, and submission of comments on any issues which you feel could present
> a significant barrier to future adoption and implementation of WCAG 2.0.
> (Note that only the WCAG 2.0 is in Last Call and only the WCAG 2.0 will
> become a Recommendation.  Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0
> are being developed  to support WCAG 2.0, and will be released as Working
> Group Notes when WCAG 2.0 becomes a Recommendation.)
> In particular, we encourage you to comment on the conformance model and
> success criteria. Reviewers are encouraged to provide suggestions for how to
> address issues as well as positive feedback, and commitments to implement
> the guidelines. This message contains information on the documents and  how
> to comment.
> Comments should be received on or before 31 May 2006.
> Comments should be made in one of four formats:
>     * online form,
>     * downloadable excel form,
>     * downloadable html form, or
>     * downloadable text form.
> Instructions and downloadable files for all are available at:
> <http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/comments/>
> WCAG 2.0 addresses accessibility of Web content for people with
> disabilities. It will apply to a wider range of Web technologies than WCAG
> 1.0, and is intended to be understandable to a wider audience.
> Note:
> Until WCAG 2.0 becomes a W3C Recommendation, WCAG 1.0 will continue to be
> the current and stable document to use. Most Web sites that conform to WCAG
> 1.0 should not require significant changes in order to conform to WCAG 2.0,
> and may not need any changes.
> This 27 April 2006 release of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
> is a Last Call Working Draft by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
> Working Group (part of the Web Accessibility Initiative). Publication as a
> Last Call Working Draft indicates that the WCAG WG believes it has addressed
> all substantive issues and that the document is stable (see below for more
> information on subsequent stages). The first public Working Draft of WCAG
> 2.0 was published 25 January 2001.  Since then, the WCAG WG has published
> nine Working Drafts, addressed more than 1,000 issues, and developed a
> variety of supporting resources for the guidelines.
> A good place to start a review of WCAG 2.0 is with the
> "Overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Documents."
> The Overview explains the relationships  between WCAG 2.0 and the supporting
> documents, and links to the  current version of  each document.
> The Overview is available at:
>         <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20>
> The documents published on 27 April 2006:
>         - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
>           <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20060427/>
>         - Understanding WCAG 2.0
>           <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20060427/>
>         - Techniques for WCAG 2.0
>           <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20060427/>
> The WCAG WG believes that after Last Call, WCAG 2.0 will be ready to move on
> to the remaining stages of the W3C Recommendation Track Process:
>   * Candidate Recommendation - when the WCAG WG will collect implementation
> experience on use of WCAG 2.0 to design and evaluate Web content for
> accessibility;
>   * Proposed Recommendation - when W3C will seek endorsement of the
> specification from W3C Member organizations;
>   * Recommendation - when WCAG 2.0 will be published by   W3C as a technical
> report appropriate for widespread deployment and the promotion of W3C's
> mission.
> Note that the WCAG WG will start collecting implementation examples early in
> the Last Call review period. Please visit the WAI home page for more
> information. <http://www.w3.org/WAI/>
> Additional information about the WCAG WG is available at:
>     <http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/>
> A list of changes to WCAG 2.0 since the previous draft is available at:
>     <http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/change-history.html>
> Note:
> This message may be circulated to other lists, avoiding cross-postings
> where possible.
> Thank you in advance for your comments,
> Wendy Chisholm - W3C Team Contact for WCAG WG
> Gregg Vanderheiden - Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Director of Trace R&D Center,
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
> John Slatin - Co-chair of WCAG WG, and Director of the Accessibility
> Institute at Univerity of Texas at Austin
> Judy Brewer - Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C
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