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2 April 2024

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has recently released a draft outlining accessibility user requirements for collaboration tools, titled “Collaboration Tools Accessibility User Requirements” (CTAUR). Actively contributed by editors Jason White, Janina Sajka and Dr. Scott Hollier of CFA Australia, the document provides crucial guidance for ensuring accessibility in online collaboration tools like Google Docs.

The draft emphasises the importance of accommodating diverse user needs, particularly those with disability, in real-time and asynchronous collaboration environments. It addresses features such as real-time co-editing, annotations, version control, notifications, and access controls.

The draft is currently open for review and feedback, with the full note expected to be finalized by the end of the year. Stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the development process to enhance the accessibility of online collaboration tools worldwide. Readers can further look into the developments on the W3C website about the CTAUR note.