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25 July 2023

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The W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG) has recently published an updated Working Draft of the W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0. This version aims to provide greater clarity and transparency during the development process of WCAG 3.0.

The new draft introduces a clear maturity level for each section, categorizing them as Placeholder, Exploratory, Developing, Refining, or Mature. This step ensures that readers understand the status of the guidelines and their potential evolution. Additionally, the draft includes fresh perspectives on conformance approaches and lists guidelines still in development.

To minimize confusion, the previous draft guidance has been removed from the document, emphasizing that WCAG 3.0 is still a work in progress and subject to change. The AG Chairs are open to addressing questions and concerns, encouraging individuals to reach out via e-mail.

For up-to-date information and insights into WCAG 3, readers are encouraged to visit the WCAG 3 Introduction page. As the draft evolves, stakeholders are encouraged to actively engage in the process to shape the future of web accessibility standards.