June 7, 2007

In 1999 the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group released WCAG1. A year later, while I was a Member, the Working Group considered developing a WCAG1 errata. The Working Group decided unanimously against this, however at that stage the expected release date of WCAG2 was 2001. Unfortunately, in 2007, WCAG2 is still not published and due to changes in technology, WCAG1 has become unworkable. In publishing these errata the WCAG Samurai aims to provide an alternative to both WCAG1 – which has become obsolete – and WCAG2; whose faults are well-documented. For more information see do we need WCAG1 errata?

This blog has specifically been set up to act as a peer review for the WCAG Samurai Errata. With the exception of the errata themselves, everything in this blog has been written by me. The WCAG Samurai have had no input and have no control over this blog. You can find out about me, the peer reviewer, the peer review process, you can email me ( and you can comment.

The actual peer review consists of tracked comments, a technical review of the WCAG Samurai Errata and recommendations. I will be available for clarification via this blog or by email. I will also be conducting an implementation review of WCAG1, WCAG2 and the WCAG Samurai Errata over the coming fortnight. As part of this implementation review I am looking for people with disabilities who can test three versions of the one site. If you believe you can assist with this please contact me.

In summary I believe that the WCAG Samurai Errata, with some changes, is a set of errata that can be both technically accurate and easy-to-use. Unlike WCAG2 these errata are short and written in clear and simple language. I believe these errata are a preferable alternative to both WCAG1 and WCAG2.


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