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A Roundup Of WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

Explainers


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WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

officially became a “W3C Recommended” web standard on

October 5, 2023
DATE

, and with it, new success criteria and changes to existing guidelines for accessible user experiences. What are the changes, and how can you conform to them? This roundup provides links to WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

explainers that have been published or updated since the release. WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

officially became a “W3C Recommended” web standard on

October 5, 2023
DATE

, and with it, new success criteria and changes to existing guidelines for accessible user experiences. What are the changes, and how can you conform to them? This roundup provides links to WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

explainers that have been published or updated since the release.

WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

is officially the latest version of

the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
ORG

now that it has become a “W3C Recommended” web standard as of

October 5
DATE

.

The changes between WCAG

2.1
CARDINAL

and

2.2
CARDINAL

are nicely summed up in “What’s New in WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

”:

“WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

provides

9
CARDINAL

additional success criteria since WCAG

2.1
CARDINAL

. […] The 2.0 and

2.1
CARDINAL

success criteria are essentially the same in

2.2
CARDINAL

, with

one
CARDINAL

exception:

4.1.1
CARDINAL

Parsing is obsolete and removed from WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

.”

This article is not a deep look at the changes, what they mean, and how to conform to them. Plenty of other people have done a wonderful job of that already. So, rather than add to the pile, let’s round up what has already been written and learn from those who keep a close pulse on the

WCAG
ORG

beat.

There are countless articles and posts about WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

written ahead of the formal W3C recommendation. The following links were selected because they were either published or updated after the announcement and reflect the most current information at the time of this writing. It’s also worth mentioning that we’re providing these links purely for reference — by no means are they sponsored, nor do they endorse a particular person, company, or product.

The best place for information on

WCAG
ORG

standards will always be the guidelines themselves, but we hope you enjoy what others are saying about them as well.

Hidde de Vries: What’s New In WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

?

Hidde is a former W3C staffer, and he originally published this WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

overview

last year
DATE

when a draft of the guidelines was released, updating his post immediately when the guidelines became a recommendation.


Patrick Lauke
PERSON

: What’s New In WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL


Patrick
PERSON

is a current

WCAG
ORG

member and contributor, also serving as

Principal Accessibility Specialist
ORG

at

TetraLogical
ORG

, which itself is also a

W3C
ORG

member.

This overview goes deeper than most, reporting not only what is new in WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

but how to conform to those standards, including specific examples with excellent visuals.


James Edwards
PERSON

:

New Success Criteria
ORG

In WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL


James
PERSON

is a seasoned accessibility consultant with TPGi, a provider of end-to-end accessibility services and products.

Like

Patrick
PERSON

,

James
PERSON

gets into thorough and detailed information about WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

and how to meet the updated standards. Watch for little asides strewn throughout the post that provide even further context on why the changes were needed and how they were developed.

Web forms are at the center of every meaningful interaction. Meet

Adam Silver
PERSON

’s

Form Design Patterns
ORG

, a practical guide to designing and building forms for the web. Jump to table of contents ↬

GOV.UK: Understanding WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

It’s always interesting to see how large organizations approach standards, and governments are no exception because they have a mandate to meet accessibility requirements. GOV.UK published an addendum on WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

updates to its Service Manual.

Notice how the emphasis is on the impact the new guidelines have on specific impairments, as well as ample examples of what it looks like to meet the standards. Equally impressive is the documented measured approach GOV.UK takes, including a goal to be fully compliant by

October 2024
DATE

while maintaining WCAG

2.1
CARDINAL

AA compliance in the meantime.


Deque Systems
ORG

:

Deque Systems
ORG

Welcomes and Announces Support for WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

Despite being more of a press release, this brief overview has a nice clean table that outlines the new standards and how they align with those who stand to benefit most from them.


Kate Kalcevich
PERSON

: WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

: What Changes for Websites and How Does It Impact Users?


Kate
PERSON

really digs into the benefits that users get with WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

compliance. Photos of

Kate
PERSON

’s colleague,

Samuel Proulx
PERSON

, don’t provide new context but are a nice touch for remembering that the updated guidelines are designed to help real people, a point that is emphasized in the conclusion:

“[W]hen thinking about accessibility beyond compliance, it becomes clear that the latest W3C guidelines are just variations on a theme. The theme is removing barriers and making access possible for everyone.”



Kate Kalcevich

PERSON

Level Access: WCAG 2.2 AA Summary and

Checklist
PRODUCT

for Website Owners

Finally, we’ve reached the

first
ORDINAL

checklist! That may be in name only, as this is less of a checklist of tasks than it is a high-level overview of the latest changes. There is, however, a link to download “the must-have WCAG checklist,” but you will need to hand over your name and email address in exchange.


Chris Pycroft
PERSON

: WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

Is Here

While this is more of an announcement than a guide, there is plenty of useful information in there. The reason I’m linking it up is the “WCAG 2.2 Map” PDF that

Chris
PERSON

includes in it. It’d be great if there was a web version of it, but I’ll take it either way! The map neatly outlines the success criteria by branching them off the

four
CARDINAL

core WCAG principles.

Top portion of

Intopia
ORG

’s the WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

map. (Large preview)


Shira Blank
PERSON

and

Joshua Stein
PERSON

: After More Than a Year of Delays, It Is Time to Officially Welcome WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

This is a nice overview. Nothing more, nothing less. It does include a note that WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

is slated to be the last WCAG

2
CARDINAL

update between now and WCAG

3
CARDINAL

, which apparently is codenamed “

Silver
WORK_OF_ART

”? Nice.


Nathan Schmidt
PERSON

: Demystifying WCAG 2.2

True to its title, this overview nicely explains WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

updates devoid of complex technical jargon. What makes it worth including in this collection, however, are the visuals that help drive home the points.


Craig Abbott
PERSON

: WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

And What It Means For You


Craig
PERSON

’s write-up is a lot like the others in that it’s a high-level overview of changes paired with advice for complying with them. But

Craig
PERSON

has a knack for discussing the changes in a way that’s super approachable and even reads like a friendly conversation. There are personal anecdotes peppered throughout the post, including

Craig
PERSON

’s own views of the standards themselves.

“I personally feel like the new criteria for

Focus Appearance
ORG

could have been braver and removed some of the ambiguity around what is already often an accessibility issue.”



Craig Abbott

PERSON


Dennis
PERSON

published a quick post on his Web Axe blog reporting on WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

, but it’s this CodePen demo he put together that’s the real gem.

It’s a legit checklist of WCAG 2.0 requirements you can filter by release, including the new WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

changes and which chapter of the specifications they align to.


Jason Taylor
PERSON

: WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

Is Here! What It Means For Your Business

Yet another explainer, this time from

Jason Taylor
PERSON

at

UsableNet
ORG

. You’ll find a lot of cross-over between this and the others in this roundup, but it’s always good to read about the changes with someone else’s words and perspectives.

Wrapping Up

There are many, many WCAG

2.2
CARDINAL

explainers floating around — many more than what’s included in this little roundup. The number of changes introduced in the updated guidelines is surprisingly small, considering WCAG

2.1
CARDINAL

was adopted in

2018
DATE

, but that doesn’t make them any less impactful. So, yes, you’re going to see plenty of overlapping information between explainers. The nuances between them, though, are what makes them valuable, and each one has something worth taking with you.

And we’re likely to see even more explainers pop up! If you know of one that really should be included in this roundup, please do link it up in the comments to share with the rest of us.

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