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Accessibility: More Standards, Better Standards

Disgusted with the process and foreseeable result of the W3C Accessibility Group's effort to update the current 1999 guidelines, a secret group of elite web accessibility specialists have created a rival standard. This was published this week as an errata sheet to the WCAG 1.0.

This is great news for those of us who actually care about disabled users on the web. Instead of saying that we establish accessibility levels through testing or other hard-to-explain methods, we can simply say that our pages comply with WCAG1.0+Samurai.

Right now you'll have to first understand the WCAG 1.0 and then apply the Samurai errata to it. Hopefully somebody will create a merge of the two documents that don't require this much prior knowledge to successfully comply with them. This shouldn't be too hard because the errata eliminates all the weasel words, e.g. "avoid" and "until user agents..." It also completely ignores the vague and woolly level 3 requirements, not to mention the even woollier WCAG 2.0 Working Drafts.

The Introduction to the Errata can be understood by people with little to no knowledge of HTML and web accessibility. If you care about opening up the web to disabled users, you should read it. I'll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have in the comments.


Quite a lot of sense in there. Thanks for the links.