WCAG 2.1 and Silver (AG): What is Next for Accessibility Guidelines

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Are you staying on top of your accessibility game? Don’t be caught by surprise that a new version of WCAG is on the horizon.

WCAG 2.1 – The next “minor” version of WCAG is being drafted right now! The W3C has been researching user needs and writing proposed WCAG 2.1 success criteria to fill known gaps.

Silver – A parallel effort is also in motion to create a major revision of digital accessibility guidelines. The code name for this major revision is Silver.

Come to this session and learn how WCAG 2.0, 2.1, Silver, ATAG and UAAG relate to each other. Discover three areas of known gaps in WCAG 2.0. Dive in and look at a proposed WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion that is very likely to be approved. Dig in deeper to see what a proposed Success Criterion looks like that is still undergoing research, discussion and refinement. Last, but not least, we will look ahead and predict when WCAG 2.1 and Silver might be finalized.

A glimpse into the future of WCAG 2.1 and Silver will help you be a better accessibility expert today!


Glenda Sims


May 18th, 2017


2:15 pm-3:45 pm

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Business Strategy –¬†Content – Design & Usability – Dev/Coding¬†– Testing



Take Aways

  • Relationship between WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 and Silver
  • How ATAG and UAAG relate to WCAG 2.1 and Silver
  • Major areas of focus for WCAG 2.1
  • How to follow (and even participate) in the development of proposed success criteria for WCAG 2.1
    • Example of a proposed WCAG 2.1 SC that has quite a bit of consensus and synergy
    • Example of a proposed WCAG 2.1 SC that has less consensus and synergy (more research, discussion and refinement still needed)
  • Expected timelines for publication and adoption of these new guidelines


Room TH 203

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