XML News from Monday, November 26, 2007

The W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG) has posted User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Requirements:

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (UAAG 1.0) provides guidelines for designing user agents (browsers) that lower barriers to Web accessibility for people with disabilities (visual, hearing, physical, cognitive, and neurological).

Since the release of UAAG 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation in December 2002, the UAWG has received feedback about the usability, understandability, and applicability of the suite of documents. Also, in the intervening years there have been changes and improvements in

The feedback, changes, and information gathered from evaluating user agents using test suites to develop implementation reports is driving the development of UAAG 2.0 and is captured as the Requirements for UAAG 2.0 (this document).

The primary goal of UAAG 2.0 is the same as it was for version 1.0. To lower barriers to accessibility of user agents.

We intend to ensure that the revision is backwards and forward compatible.

We intend to attract the participation of developers of browsers, assistive technologies, plug-ins, extensions, accessibility APIs (Microsoft Active Accessibility - MSAA, Gnome Accessibility Toolkit - ATK, iaccessible2, Microsoft UI Automation on Windows Vista - UIA, etc.) as well as consumers of accessibility APIs (e.g., some assistive technology and plug-in developers) and end users.