WCAG 2.0 Working Draft updated

On April 1 I posted WCAG 2.0 released today, which of course was an April Fool’s joke. But this time I am not joking: WCAG 2.0 has been updated, and a new WCAG 2.0 Working Draft was published on May 17.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) received a lot of criticism (read To Hell with WCAG 2 for details) after publishing a Last Call Working Draft of WCAG 2.0 in April 2006, and appears to have listened to much of the feedback from the accessibility community.

A rundown of what has changed since the previous version is available in Summary of Issues, Revisions, and Rationales for Changes to WCAG 2.0 2006 Last Call Draft.

I have not read the whole thing yet. WCAG 2.0 has been shortened and reorganised, but it still consists of a number of documents, some of which are quite long. It will be a while before I have time to read all of it. I have read the summary of changes and skimmed through the Techniques for WCAG 2.0 document though, and what I’ve seen so far really seems like an improvement.

Like last year, the WCAG WG has issued a Call for review and is accepting comments on this Working Draft until June 29. Instructions for Commenting on WCAG 2.0 Documents are available.

Posted on May 21, 2007 in Accessibility, Quicklinks


  1. I’ve been following the minutes of the working group minutes throughout the process so I’ve kept fairly up to date with what has been going on with it, but even so I’m impressed with the changes.

    You’ll have to wait for the Accessites article to determine exactly what I think of the documentation now, considering the rightly justified panning the previous version received…

  2. Roger, I’d be really anxious to hear your thoughts on the new draft. Will you be posting your thoughts and comments on your blog as you review the various documents?

  3. May 26, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    JackP: Yeah, there are a lot more changes than I thought there would be. Most of them seem to be for the better.

    Justin: I’m not sure when I will have time to read the documents, but yes, I will most likely write something about it.

  4. June 7, 2007 by Gregg Vanderheiden

    Looking forward to hearing both pro and con on the new draft. To help see the differences as well as rationale for key issues you might check out the “Summary of Issues, Revisions, and Rationales for Changes” at www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2007/05/change-summary . Also check out the new Quick Reference doc at www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/. Thanks

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