Transition: the new Section 508.
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Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Director and inventor of the World Wide Web
Let’s talk about standards!
What are they for,
how do they work,
where are they going?
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People with disabilities
…can acquire the same information
…participate in the same activities
…be active producers as well as
Illustration of Universal Access symbols - wheelchair, Braille letters, tab navigation. The words accessibility, open standards, innovation.
Grounded in civil rights
Universal access to built environment – required by ADA
Standards bodies recognized need to address IT accessibility
Concepts and vocabulary extended into learning and communications
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Legally binding for agencies, educational entities, purchases
Most reference Section 508
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In 2006, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesrecognized technology access as a basic human right. Logo of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations
Overview of standards
How they interrelate
How to choose
Diagram of the relationship between authoring and evaluation tools, Web content, and user agent tools such as browsers and assistive technologies. As each component adheres to common standards, accessibility and interoperability are improved. At the W3c, groups of experts work in collaboration on the
ATAG – authoring tools accessibility group;
WCAG – web content accessibility group; and UAAG – user agent accessibility group, and others.
“E207.2 WCAG Conformance. User interface components and content of platforms and applications shall conform to Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements specified for web pages in WCAG 2...”
Content is POUR
Advisory E205.1 Official Agency Communications. WCAG is written to be technology neutral. While oriented towards web pages which are defined as being delivered using HTTP, it is straightforward to apply the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements to all electronic content.
flexible enough to be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies
Comprised of six steps:
Results emailed to you by
Tools we use (and there are others…)
How to Meet WCAG2 http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/
Book from Filament Group
Recent book by Aaron Gustafson
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