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Release of New Version of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

This fall, the World Wide Web Consortium Accessibility Guidelines Working Group officially released version 2.2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). “Due to the evolving digital landscape, these guidelines and standards must be reviewed and refreshed to ensure they address current needs.” WCAG, an internationally recognized standard, guides how web developers make their content “fully accessible to people with disabilities.” WCAG 2.2 includes “several critical updates that will benefit all disabled people, especially those with cognitive disabilities, fine motor disabilities and people who have low vision or color blindness.” These updates are made up of nine additional “success criteria,” including three aimed at improving how users navigate content with a keyboard; two related to “’pointer’” inputs, such as a mouse, finger, or stylus; and four to ensure that the “user interface” is understandable. These last criteria require that any webpage “help” mechanisms are presented consistently on all site pages; that redundancy in data entry be reduced as much as possible; and that the authentication process be more accessible. Read more in the Partnership on Employment  and Accessible Technology (PEAT) article on Updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2.