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Dundee plays key role in developing international Web standards for accessibility

Published on 28 January 2021

Accessible web content benefits individuals, businesses, and society but is often a challenging task

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It can be made even more difficult with new and emerging technologies such as smart speakers and virtual reality environments to access that information from the internet.

For the past four years, Dr Michael Crabb, lecturer in Human Computer Interaction has been part a community group within The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.

The consortium has released its First Working Draft of the W3C Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0 which provide a wide range of recommendations for making web content more accessible to users with disabilities.

WCAG3 proposes major revisions to accessibility guidelines that will impact how industries across the world make accessible products.

The first public working draft that has been released is the first of many drafts and aims to generate feedback in order to ensure these guidelines can be usable by a broad audience and better reflect the lived experience of people with disabilities.

“Taking part in the development of WCAG 3.0 has been an incredible opportunity to take the applied research that we carry out at Dundee and look at how this can be used to create more accessible guidelines for people all over the world. The work carried out by everyone involved in the creation of this document is incredible and will truly improve the way that people access information using the internet”

Dr Michael Crabb

View the first draft of WCAG 3.0
Enquiries

Dr Michael Crabb

Lecturer

+44 (0)1382 385491

m.z.crabb@dundee.ac.uk