Last Call Working Draft of WCAG 2.0 published

On 27 April 2006, the W3C published a Last Call Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0). In addition two supporting documents, also currently working drafts, were published: Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0.

The W3C is looking for comments on this Last Call Working Draft of WCAG 2.0. If you find any problematic areas in this document, submit your comments to make the working group aware of them. Don’t wait too long, since the deadline for submitting comments is 31 May 2006. After that date, WCAG 2.0 will move on to eventually become a referenceable recommendation. That will take some time though - at least six months according to the W3C.

To submit comments, you can either use the online comment form or use a downloadable file. More details are available in Instructions for Commenting on WCAG 2.0 Documents . You may also want to read the Overview of WCAG 2.0 Documents.

Posted on May 4, 2006 in Accessibility, Quicklinks


  1. After that date, WCAG 2.0 will move on to become the recommendation that will replace WCAG 1.0

    Not really. Last Call is only the second step in a 5-step process from Working Draft to Recommendation, so »Last Call« doesn’t mean »Last Chance before it’s done«. It’s only that the Working Group assumes the document to be complete and stable. Note that the document may be sent back to Working Draft status at any point in the process if W3C’s Director thinks that issues haven’t been properly addressed.

  2. May 4, 2006 by Stéphane Chausson

    Or when the Accessibility guys don’t make accessible sites.

    With light on dark settings, that is the whole WAI section which is plagued by a missing color statement. I tried to mail them two monthes ago but got no reply.


  3. May 4, 2006 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Tomas: You’re right, I should rephrase that sentence a bit.

    Stéphane: Ouch. Odd that they don’t reply or fix the problem.

  4. Also, WCAG 2 will not really replace WCAG 1 (as in HTML 3.2 vs. 4). If I understand this correctly, version 1.0 will still be a referenceable document once 2.0 is out, in order to be able to make conformance claims for older content.

  5. May 4, 2006 by Scott

    Interesting to know more about how the whole process works, and very interesting to know that the general public can make comments. I thought only W3C people were able to have input.

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