Last week, while the world was distracted by the U.S. election, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the WCAG 2.0 Implementation Report. This means they are one step closer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 becoming an official "W3C recommendation", that is, a web standard.
Among the web sites listed by the W3C as successful implementations is our own DO-IT Video Search, an application that allows people to search the full text of the DO-IT video library using closed captions.
As W3C notes in the implementation details for DO-IT Video Search, we tried to attain Level AAA conformance (the highest level of accessibility), and failed, settling instead for Level AA conformance.
This was no small effort, and I think there's much to be learned from our failures as well as our successes. This blog post is the first in a series that will explore our efforts to conform. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for an overview of our WCAG 2.0 conformance efforts, plus in-depth play-by-play of our experience with WCAG 2.0 success criteria related to reading level, audio description, and sign language.
I'll also be talking about all of this at 3:30pm on Thursday (11/13/08) at the Accessing Higher Ground conference in Boulder. I hope to see many of you there!