New Online Course: W3Cx Introduction to Web Accessibility
W3C WAI and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) have launched a new W3Cx course: Introduction to Web Accessibility. It is designed for technical and non-technical audiences, including developers, designers, content authors, project managers, people with disabilities, and others. The course will start on 28 January 2020 and is self-paced. A blog post and press release introduces the course. To learn more about the course and enroll now, see the Introduction to Web Accessibility course description.
WCAG 2.1 in Finnish: Authorized Translation Published
Verkkosis?ll?n saavutettavuusohjeet (WCAG) 2.1, the Finnish Authorized Translation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, is now available, following completion of the W3C Authorized Translations process. Other translations of WAI resources are listed in All WAI Translations. WAI encourages translations in all languages. If you might be interesting in translating resources, see Translating WAI Resources.
ACT Rules Format is a Web Standard "W3C Recommendation"
Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Format 1.0 was published today as a “W3C Recommendation” web standard. This standard helps developers of automated testing tools and manual testing methodologies to write, share, and implement test rules. The rules contribute to consistent testing for accessibility standards compliance. ACT is introduced in the ACT Overview. For more information and examples of organizations already using ACT, see the blog post: Calibrate Your Accessibility Evaluation With ACT.
New Resource: Making Audio and Video Media Accessible
Making Audio and Video Media Accessible helps you understand and create captions/subtitles, audio description of visual information, descriptive transcripts, and sign language for media. It includes guidance for creating new videos, and on media player accessibility. The planning and project management sections address considerations for outsourcing or in-house development. The resource starts by introducing user experiences and benefits to organizations – illustrating how digital accessibility is essential for some and useful for all.
For Review: Pronunciation Working Drafts
The new Pronunciation Overview page provides an introduction to WAI’s work on ways for screen readers to accurately pronounce content. It introduces three First Public Working Drafts for review: Pronunciation User Scenarios, Pronunciation Use Cases, Pronunciation Gap Analysis. We welcome your comments on these drafts, preferably by 14 October 2019.
Upcoming: Workshop on Inclusive Design for Immersive Web Standards
A W3C Workshop on Inclusive Design for Immersive Web Standards will be held on 5-6 November 2019 in Seattle, WA, USA. The workshop will bring together people with practical experience with inclusive virtual reality and augmented reality, and people involved in relevant web technologies. Attendance is free for invited participants and is open to the public. Expressions of interest and position statements are due by 5 October 2019.
Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA - W3C Note Update Published
Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA - Alternatives to Visual Turing Tests on the Web is published as an updated W3C Working Group Note. (CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.) The Note examines potential solutions to test that users are human, not software robots, in a way that is accessible to people with disabilities. A summary, some background, and thanks to contributors is in a 23 August e-mail.
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