by Matt May

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March 7, 2013

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It’s hard to measure the impact the W3C/WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) has had on web accessibility. The WCAG 2.0 standard is the basis for a growing number of policies worldwide, providing a common reference for web content that adapts to users of all levels of ability.

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager for Accessibility, has been offered and accepted the role of co-chair of the WCAG WG, along with Joshue O’Connor of the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. Andrew and Joshue will take the place of Gregg Vanderheiden, who has chaired the WCAG WG since its inception, and Loretta Guarino-Reid, who played a pivotal role shepherding WCAG 2.0 to its final status as a W3C Recommendation in 2008. Both Loretta and Gregg will continue to participate in the WCAG WG, and we at Adobe Accessibility extend our gratitude to them for their years of effort moving the field of accessibility forward.

Andrew’s role will include the rechartering of the working group, to define goals for the working group and the WCAG standard in the coming years, as well as to reflect its continued development of accessibility techniques and other supporting materials. Andrew would like to hear from people from all different backgrounds on how the WCAG WG can help advance web accessibility overall. Apart from his Twitter account, @awkawk, leaving a comment here is one way to reach him, or you can submit a comment to the WCAG working group via the online form.


  • By Larry Goldberg - 3:51 PM on March 11, 2013  

    Congratulations – and a huge thank you! – to Adobe and Andrew for stepping forward to take on this vital role. It’s a lot of work and quite time-consuming, so I want to be sure it’s not “thankless” too. So, thank you.

    — Larry

    • By AWK - 3:58 PM on March 11, 2013  

      Thanks Larry – it’s been a long time since I started learning my way with accessibility at NCAM back in 2001. Thanks to you and Geoff for giving a guy with almost no experience (but with self-confidence and a decent reference) a chance to learn!

  • By Chuck Hitchcock - 4:24 PM on March 12, 2013  

    And another thank you from CAST for all your hard work over the years and for taking on this awesome responsibility along with Joshue. You have big shoes to fill. As you know, WCAG will play a significant role in guiding the work of EPUB and web developers.

  • By Joshua Brickman - 1:22 PM on March 21, 2013  

    Fantastic news…Andrew, let me know how CA can help here!