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28 February 2020

The
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)  Web
Accessibility Initiative (WAI Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published
a first public working draft of the Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2
.

The
primary reason for the update so soon after WCAG 2.1 relates to the addition of
Success Criteria to support the needs of people with cognitive or learning
disabilities. The WCAG 2.0 standard, while widely adopted, was often viewed as
being week in providing support to people with cognitive disabilities due to
relevant Success Criteria being placed in the rarely implemented Level AAA
compliance. Support was also largely overlooked in the WCAG 2.1 dot release. As
such, the addition of support to the standard is seen as a welcome update.

The WCAG
2.2 draft also features other Success Criteria to provide additional guidance
for users of mobile devices and users of e-books.

Additional information regarding the differences between
WCAG 2.1 and the WCAG 2.2 draft can be found in the W3C WCAG 2.2 blog
post
. Feedback on the draft can be provided to W3C via the WCAG 2.2 GitHub process or by
e-mail public-agwg-comments@w3.org.

The Centre for Accessibility is a joint project by Media on Mars, DADAA and Dr Scott Hollier and is funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services.

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