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2.1 The WCAG published a guide to increased accessibility for websites and mobile applications

06 june 2018

The current revision of the 301 549 will include new provisions of THE WCAG 2.1 implementation will be in europe through the directive 2016/2102, on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of the Public Sector.

The W3C has announced a major upgrade of patterns of Web content accessibility internationally recognized, and addressing accessibility of web content, websites and web applications for desktop, portable, tablets and mobile devices. The accessibility standards Web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 extend the guide developed by the Web accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C over the years, and are widely used to make web content more accessible to persons with disabilities.

Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the W3C indicates that the accessibility standards Web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, developed through consensus of the W3C and the strong involvement of multiple stakeholders of the WAI, will help to web designers and developers to better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older people. The working group of the accessibility standards (AG WG) has addressed new requirements for achieving the objective of international participation coordinated and harmonization of rules.

Allows developers to reach a wider audience

The WCAG 2.1 extend existing coverage of accessibility mobile and added provisions in the areas of low vision and cognitive disabilities and learning.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, head of Accessibility of Adobe provides that the WCAG 2.1 improve support for touch interaction by accepting a guide to avoid complex gestures and involuntary activation of a touch interface. For low vision, WCAG 2.1 additional requirements of contrast and introduces new requirements for the customization of the text and the presentation to enhance visual perception of content. As for the cognitive disabilities, linguistic and learning, WCAG 2.1 include requirements to provide information on the specific purpose of entering and on waiting times due to inaction; both to help users better understand the web content and to interact with it successfully.

As with the WCAG 2.0, follow these steps will make the content more accessible to a wider range of persons with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech difficulties, photosensitivity and learning disabilities and cognitive abilities. To follow these steps also enhance the usability of websites for all users.


Continues the evolution of the accessibility guide authorized, and the WAI verifiable

The WCAG 2.1 updated WCAG 2.0 and broaden the guides of W3C accessibility, while maintaining the standard of implementation of the W3C, technological neutrality, the objective verification and guidance of accessibility universally applicable. All the new provisions have been tested in different types of web sites and content. The working group has been concerned to maintain compatibility with the WCAG 2.0 internationally recognized, in this way, the websites that match the WCAG 2.1 will also be adjusted WCAG 2.0, which will remain a recommendation of W3C.

The WCAG 2.0 were designed as a standard highly stable, independent of the technology and has remained relevant updates of support resources informative. As with the WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 are supported by an extensive report on implementation of technical and educational materials, including Understanding WCAG 2.1 and Techniques for WCAG 2.1, which have been redesigned and transferred to a different format to enable WAI continue to update them on an ongoing basis.

Broad support and international acceptance expected

The WCAG 2.1 had received broad support from industry, including enterprises focusing on accessibility, the community of people with disabilities, the sector of research, education and government, as shown in the testimonies are (Opens in new window) .

In addition, the W3C is coordinating with the national and international regions in the updating of its standards and policies, including the current update of the european norm (IN) 301 549, which has been referred to their own independent review.

Judy Brewer, director of the WAI, indicates that the W3C encourages organizations and individuals to use the WCAG 2.1 regarding the content and web applications, and to consider the WCAG 2.1 when update or develop new policies, to better meet the needs of users with disabilities. In Addition, welcomes the continued engagement of the international community as they develop future accessibility guidelines.
The WCAG 2.1 were part of the whole guides WAI accessibility, which is developing in a stable and that also includes the Accessibility standards for authoring tools (ATAG) 2.0 (Opens in new window) and Accessibility standards for user agents (UAAG) 2.0 (Opens in new window) . These guidelines, as well as an extensive library of support materials for WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 WCAG are available at www.w3.org/WAI (Opens in new window)  

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