WCAG Samurai Errata published

Just over a year ago, in his article To Hell with WCAG 2, Joe Clark announced that he had formed an invitation only group called the WCAG Samurai, which would publish errata for and extension to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, making the guidelines more usable on the modern Web. The errata would also be much more concise than the very bulky WCAG 2.0.

In the year that has passed since then, there hasn't been a lot of talk about the WCAG Samurai, at least not any that I have noticed. But yesterday the WCAG Samurai Errata were published, along with two peer reviews by Gian Sampson-Wild and Alastair Campbell.

The WCAG Samurai Errata consist of two documents: an Introduction and an Errata listing.

The documents look pretty good to me, but there are some things I think could be rephrased or reworked a bit. The peer reviewers mention, I think, every issue I have with the current draft, and then some.

Some of the highlights:

  • Tables for layout are banned.
  • Frames are banned.
  • The noscript element is banned.
  • Valid markup is required.
  • Using correct semantics is required.
  • The accesskey and tabindex attributes are banned.

It's good to see the WCAG Samurai Errata published. It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.

Posted on June 8, 2007 in Accessibility, Web Standards