WCAG 2.0: Why can't we all just get along?
by AccessibilitéWeb on May 15, 2012
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WCAG 2.0 became a W3C Recommendation three years ago. Now various public administrations around the globe wanting to ensure the accessibility of their digital communications strategies and online ...
WCAG 2.0 became a W3C Recommendation three years ago. Now various public administrations around the globe wanting to ensure the accessibility of their digital communications strategies and online presence, are preparing to adopt WCAG as their accessibility standard. However, history shows us that accessibility experts have raised countless heated debates on how to best implement these guidelines. If field experts cannot agree on the most effective interpretations, how can we expect regular Web project stakeholders, who are not accessibility specialists, to agree on a common understanding or interpretation? It is already hard enough for organizations to implement the various success criteria of WCAG 2.0 on a single website; how much more difficult does this become when the goal is to do so across every website an organization owns? How can an organization make their websites consistently accessible to people with disabilities and aging populations, when no one agrees on what must be done and how it should be done? But what if there was a way to build a common general understanding of the intentions behind these success criteria? Wouldn’t this help in implementing WCAG 2.0 more consistently? This training session will demonstrate how accessibility standards can be broken down into a series of requirements that ensure all stakeholders in a Web project, regardless of their level of expertise with the accessibility guidelines, come up with similar interpretations and more importantly, implementations so everyone manages to get along when the time comes to understand and implement WCAG 2.0.
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