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2 October 2020

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Research Questions Task Force (RQTF) and Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group have released the updated Working Draft of a W3C Working Group Note: XR Accessibility User Requirements (XAUR) and opened a call for comment.

The W3C WAI press release highlights the purpose of the XAUR work as follows:

“The XAUR document describes the needs of people with disabilities in virtual or immersive environments (XR). It includes requirements for XR to be accessible. XAUR is for designers and developers who are involved in creating XR experiences. It is also useful for anyone who wants to better understand XR accessibility. This second draft is a result of great feedback and input that we received and now contains new requirements.”

Dr Scott Hollier, CEO of CFA Australia, has contributed to the development of the XAUR stating that “as we continue to explore the benefits that virtual environments bring to people with disability, it’s important that developers consider how to make these environments accessible. The XAUR provides important guidance in this area.”

If you would like to comment on the draft so that it can be further improved, please open a new issue in the APA GitHub repository, and add the “XAUR” label. Alternatively you can send an  e-mail to: public-apa@w3.org

The Centre For Accessibility Australia 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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