(Just had to repost)… DO WAIT until the full page completes loading prior to hit Publish! GRRR.
Earlier today, while looking for some reading that related web 2.0 with accessibility in a serious way, I found this website (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/) from the WCAG. Even when we’ve been struggling for the last week or so to make our blogs compliant with the different recommendations for accessibility, the WCAG WG has prepared a draft on the new version of their standard.
Following the reading in that link I found that the predecessor (recommendation until this becomes a standard) is version 1.0, which dates back from 1999. Well, in 1999, nobody really thought about accessibility, because the priorities were Y2K (remember those days) and building tools that made the required work (build a web page) and some others to build an e-commerce site. These tools were basically of two kinds: programming languages (and their interfaces) such as Java, PERL, or VB and “intelligent” web servers which allowed to generate sites starting from CSS templates.
Today, eight years later, a lot of interest (and pressure) has been put in the game as governments and industries are requiring some levels of compliance on the web developments they do.
By taking a closer look at the participants (http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/participants.html) of the WCAG WG (working group) that is defining this standard (which was open for reviewing and commenting until June, 2007), companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, Adobe and others are making their participation count in the forum, so I would expect that in some very near future, all the new versions of the tools and software that we use to build web pages are WCAG 2.0 compliant.
An example of this is Microsoft recently launched Expression software (an update to the popular FrontPage, http://www.microsoft.com/expression/expression-web/FPUpgradeFAQ.aspx) which says that it is compliant with WCAG 2.0 and includes validation tools for it. Maybe with this kind of tools the web accessibility development stops being a cyborg thing.
My lost post explained also how a cyborg, a term used today, involves somebody using technologically advanced devices so close to his activities that they appear to be part of him or her. After our group’s post “I, Cyborg”, somebody argued that the tools we’re using today parallelly resemble human use of other inventions, and they are right… the TV, the wheel are inventions that humans did not have as part of their lives, but maybe when they started people used other terms different to Cyborg to refer to them.