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W3C WAI releases draft cognitive guidance for web content

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a draft document titled  Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and  Learning Disabilities – Working Draft to help provide guidance for cognitive disabilities not generally addressed in other W3C work.

In a formal announcement by the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force (COGA TF), it was stated that:

“WAI has been working on additional accessibility guidance beyond Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), particularly for people with cognitive and learning disabilities, people with low vision, and people using mobile devices. This guidance will likely be available from a single main page and integrated in the WAI website.”

“In the meantime, the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force (COGA TF) has been working on additional guidance in the Working Draft

Document Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities

We welcome your comments on this document. For example,

  • Is the presentation and organization of information clear?
  • Is it easy to find specific information you are looking for? What if “you” are a web page designer, or an app developer?
  • How does this approach for providing the information work?

To comment this document, please open a new issue in the W3C COGA GitHub repository:”

One of the main criticisms of the WCAG standard is that it lacks guidance for people with cognitive disability, and the little that is presented tends to be weighted towards the rarely implemented Level AAA compliance. As such it’s great to see formalised work in this area evolving.

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