HTML5

iOS has an accessibility feature to allow users to select their preferred text size. Some applications will respect this setting and change their text size appropriately, however, some do not. To change your preferred text size

Today HTML5 was published as a W3C recommendation by the HTML Working Group. This defined the 5th major revision of HTML. Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, explained that HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are driving growing user expectations. 

HTML5 enables the following and more:

  • Web video and audio tracks without plugins
  • Programmatic access to resolution-dependent bitmap canvas
  • Native support for SVG and MathML
  • Annotation important for Ruby
  • Features to enable accessibility of rich application

Web standards for the future from W3C on Vimeo.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), who is responsible for web standards such as the WCAG 2.0 standard, has announced the launch of their premium W3C Validator Suite. The goal of the W3C Validator Suite is to help people improve the quality of Web pages. It is now easier and faster to perform checks on HTML, CSS and internationalization (I18n) for an entire public site.

The Validator Suite integrates Web standards conformance tools that offer a quick and easy way to keep websites compliant with Web standards.  The suite scans the public pages of a site and evaluates conformance with W3C open standards. It is delivered as an online service through the SaaS model and provides:

  • Website Crawling
  • HTML5 & CSS Validation
  • Internationalization checking
  • Real-time integrated reports

At the 6th Conference of States Parties on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the Global Alliance on Accessible Technology and Environments was congratulated for its successful Side Event.  The Side Event covered several major challenges and issues that will be address in the near future. This included raising awareness around Universal Design as part of the disability and development agenda, training and global capacity building of persons with disabilities and forging collaborative efforts between organization and institutions. Read the GAATES article here.

The W3C HTML Working Group published Using WAI-ARIA in HTML today. This document is a practical guide to help developers add accessibility information to HTML elements to help make dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, and JavaScript understandable to users with disabilities.

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