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WCAG 2.0 Moves to Last Stage in W3C Approval Process

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 was published as a W3C Proposed Recommendation on Nov. 3, 2008. This means that the technical material of WCAG 2.0 is complete and it has been implemented in real sites. WCAG 2.0 has now been submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) membership for final review and endorsement, and final publication is expected in December 2008.

WCAG 2.0 defines how to make Web sites, Web applications, and other Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines and extensive technical supporting documentation was developed as part of the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative.

The Trace Center has been a leader and key contributor in the development of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Trace Center Director Gregg Vanderheiden has been the co-chair of the WCAG Working Group since its inception. Vanderheiden, co-chair Loretta Guarino Reid (Google, Inc.), Trace Web Accessibility Specialist Ben Caldwell, and Michael Cooper (W3C) are co-editors of WCAG 2.0. Continuing support for Trace's work on Web accessibility has been provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education, under grants H133E980008, H133E030012, and H133E080022.

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