Will WCAG 2.1 Make A11y More Accessible?

On the last day of February this year, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released a First Public Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

Reaction from accessibility advocates was immediate and clear.

WCAG 2.1 — It’s here!

After much deliberation and fine-tuning, the highly-anticipated first draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 has been released for public comment.”


WCAG 2.0 was released in 2008. Since then, much has changed.

“The last time guidelines for accessible web content were published by the World Wide Web Consortium, many of our readers were likely using flip phones or early talking Nokia devices. The next version will address many of the advancements in technology which have been released over the past few years including mobile apps and touch screen devices.”

Blind Bargains:

The W3C said in a blog post that their Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) had been

“Working very hard looking at how to improve WCAG 2.0! To successfully iterate such a broad and deep standard has not been easy. There has been extensive research, discussion and debate within the task forces and the wider working group in order to better understand the interconnectedness and relationships between diverse and sometimes competing user requirements as we develop new success criteria.

This extensive work has resulted in the development of around 60 new success criteria, of which 28... read more