A first working draft of WCAG 2.1 released
The global standard of web accessibility, WCAG, was published in its current version in 2008. Much has happened since then, and as we have pointed out many times, the guidelines have large gaps. But now, W3C has published a first working draft of success criteria of a 2.1 release, at the same time as work is in progress for a potential 3.0 to come later on.
Three task forces within W3C have proposed a total of 25 new success criteria that may be included in WCAG 2.1, which is scheduled for publication in June 2018. The criteria involves requirements for mobile interface / touch screen, requirements to help persons with visual impairments (not blind) and individuals with cognitive difficulties. The public is encouraged to submit comments until March 31.
There are at least twice as many suggestions for success criteria in the pipe line, so the new version of the standard is far from finished, says Andreas Cederbom, Head of Analysis at Funka. The more people who contribute through reading and commenting constructively, the better the end result will be.
The chairman of the WCAG 2.1 working group, Andrew Kirkpatrick, will present the work at Funka Accessibility Days later this spring.
In parallel to these additional requirements, another task force is working in a project called Silver. The goal is to examine how artificial intelligence and other hitherto relatively untested methods can provide support to persons with disabilities, and to make the standard easier to use. It sounds like a very ambitious task, one that we will follow with great interest.