WCAG – overdue update not good.

June 5, 2006

Making your website “Accessible” is crucial. Not only do you “include more, exclude fewer”, it enables your content to be viewed on web devices like web-phones and PDAs.

The W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are about to be updated for the first time since 1999.

Joe Clark has written [an excellent review](http://www.alistapart.com/articles/tohellwithwcag2) on Alistapart.

> If you were hoping for a wholesale improvement, you’re going to be disappointed. A lot of loose ends have been tidied up, and many low-priority guidelines are now pretty solid. The problem here is that standardistas already knew what to do to cover the same territory as those low-priority guidelines. Where WCAG 2 breaks down is in the big stuff. Curiously, though, and perhaps due to meticulous editing over the years, the big stuff is well camouflaged and, to an uninformed reader, WCAG 2 seems reasonable. It isn’t, and you as a working standards-compliant developer are going to find it next to impossible to implement WCAG 2.

The news is not good. Developers can still have a say and we may all be saved from a lot of unnecessary heartache, not to mention money.

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