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WCAG2 – Gian Wild

Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 9 10.45am.

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So WCAG2 – version 2 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as set out by the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative – has been released as a Candidate Recommendation. What does that mean for Australia? There are many issues that were addressed in WCAG1 which have been left up to policy makers and developers in WCAG2. This session will highlight these issues and talk about what kind of impact they will have on your development and on your audience.

From testability, to cognitive disabilities, we’ll go into the nitty gritty differences between WCAG1 and WCAG2 and what you will need to know to make sure that your site isn’t a potential target for litigation. In addition to development principles, we’ll address the current state of play in Australia; what the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are doing and what each state has decided to do with WCAG2.

About Gian Wild

Gian Wild PortraitGian Wild is the Manager of Usability and Accessibility Services within the ITS Web Centre at Monash University. Gian has worked in the accessibility industry since 1998 and consulted on the development of the first Level AAA accessible web site in Australia. She ran the accessibility consultancy PurpleTop from 2000 to 2005 and built the accessibility tool, PurpleCop. Amongst other sites, Gian has worked as the Accessibility Consultant for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and wrote the original and updated versions of the Victorian eGovernment Resource Centre Web Accessibility Toolkit. Gian was a Member of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group from May 2000 to August 2006 (with two notable absences) and completed a peer review of the alternative accessibility guidelines, the WCAG Samurai Errata. She remains actively involved in WCAG2 and also liaises with the Australian Human Rights Commission on the status of WCAG2.

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