The IITAA requires that the State review and revise the technical standards at least once every three years. We are now beginning this process. A primary goal will be to align the IITAA Standards with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)'s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which were released in December 2009, and with the pending updates to the Federal Section 508 Standards.

Workgroup

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the kickoff meeting teleconference on August 19:

If you are interested in participating in the workgroup, please sign-up at:

Background Information

If you haven't already, please review the following information regarding WCAG 2.0 and the proposed draft of Section 508:

Comments, Questions & Discussion

We are interested in your thoughts about if, how, and when the IITAA Standards should be "harmonized" with the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and the proposed Section 508 standards. We appear to have consensus that we should:

  1. Harmonize the IITAA Standards with Section 508 & WCAG 2.0 at a high level; and,
  2. Develop a set of "Techniques" to provide guidance to developers at a more detailed level.

Our formal recommendation is posted at:

If you have additional suggestions, please let us know what you think:

Comments

  • Katy Whitelaw, Northern Illinois University, August 25:

    Harmonizing IITAA standards with WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 will make accessibility easier for vendors, less confusing for webmasters, and easier to enforce within organizations and statewide.

  • Kevin Price, University of Illinois at Chicago, September 3:

    I am okay with harmonization as long as we prepare the techniques and tools to ensure compliance in a way most developers can understand. Most developers want to know as specific as possible so there is no grey areas of what accessibility is. I think if we make clear techniques, harmonization is a good idea.

  • Brandy Thatcher, Illinois Central College, September 3:

    Harmonizing IITA with WCAG and 508 makes sense. It should make maintaining and teaching the standards easier. I know as a developer it will be easier to implement one set of standards as opposed to trying to make sure I cover all three.

  • Bill Seagle, Central Management Services, September 3:

    I think that we should harmonize with new Section 508 standards, then create our own technical guidlines based around the most common technologies like HTML.

  • University of Illinois Web Best Practices Group

    The general concensus of the group is to harmonize the standards at the "Success Criteria" level and then develop a set of "Sufficient Techniques" organized and written to be usable by developers (e.g., like the current IITAA Implementation Guidelines).