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Day 1: Initialization and WCAG Introduction

And here I go! To start off my journey to earn my Web Accessibility Specialist certification, I had to get myself in gear, get organized, and just start.

Things I accomplished

  • Launched this WordPress blog to make myself accountable to commit daily to web a11y study.
  • Set up a Google Calendar to keep myself on track to complete 80% of study materials by March 10, 2019, and beyond to April 3rd, when my exam happens (see my “How to Succeed” widget.
  • Read through WCAG 2.1 introduction non-normative).

What I learned today

Pyramid with 4 Principles as the foundation, 13 Guidelines, Success Criteria, and, lastly, Techniques.

  • WCAG layers of guidance include:
  • WCAG 2.1 updated 2.0 to be more inclusive of:
    • users with cognitive or learning disabilities,
    • users with low vision, and
    • users with disabilities on mobile devices
  • 17 new success criteria were appended to WCAG 2.0:
    • 1.3.4 Orientation (AA)
    • 1.3.5 Identify Input Purpose (AA)
    • 1.3.6 Identify Purpose (AAA)
    • 1.4.10 Reflow (AA)
    • 1.4.11 Non-Text Contrast (AA)
    • 1.4.12 Text Spacing (AA)
    • 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus (AA)
    • 2.1.4 Character Key Shortcuts (A)
    • 2.2.6 Timeouts (AAA)
    • 2.3.3 Animation from Interactions (AAA)
    • 2.5.1 Pointer Gestures (A)
    • 2.5.2 Pointer Cancellation (A)
    • 2.5.3 Label in Name (A)
    • 2.5.4 Motion Actuation (A)
    • 2.5.5 Target Size (AAA)
    • 2.5.6 Concurrent Input Mechanisms (AAA)
    • 4.1.3 Status Messages (AA)
  • An overhaul of WCAG is coming in a few year. In the meantime, 2.1 is the current recommendation, and 2.2 will be recommended shortly after that, before the new changes happens.

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