HTML5 a W3C Recommendation – Accessibility FTW!
HTML5 is a great leap forward for an accessible web. In HTML5, accessibility is a core design principle. For the first time the semantics of HTML have been mapped, and implementation requirements defined in terms of the way HTML semantics are conveyed to people using assistive technologies.
The addition of new interactive controls, native video and captioning and new structural elements in HTML5, make it easier than ever for developers to create HTML interfaces that are usable by everyone. The inclusion of WAI-ARIA in HTML5 also provides developers with the tools and information to create accessible custom content and controls that extend the core features of HTML.
The Paciello Group (TPG) is both proud and honored to have contributed to the development of HTML5, but recognizes that it is not an end in itself. HTML5 represents a very positive step in the evolution of the language of the web and TPG welcomes the opportunity to continue contributing to its positive development.
Since 2007, TPG staff have actively contributed to the development of HTML5 at the W3C. Our involvement includes:
- W3C HTML5 Recommendation A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML
- HTML 5.1 Nightly A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML
- HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives
- HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.1
- Using WAI-ARIA in HTML
- Implementation status for HTML5 element/attribute accessibility mappings