[whatwg] W3C ACTION-132 Report on canvas accessibility

John Foliot - WATS.ca foliot at wats.ca
Mon Jul 20 11:12:37 PDT 2009

I have been requested to forward on the following important information
regarding accessibility issues with the canvas element.  If you have an
interest in this area, or have some suggestions on how to overcome some of
the known issues, then please consider actively following this W3C
discussion, or better yet volunteer to be part of the Task Force.
update on ACTION-132 Report on canvas accessibility[1]
The Protocols and formats working group discussed the issues of canvas
accessibility in their HTML caucus meeting last Friday (17/07/09).
It has been decided to form a task force to work on specifying additions to
the CANVAS API, that will result in canvas content being natively
The task force is open to participation by any interested parties, the PF
will host public bi-weekly teleconferences dedicated to the topic of canvas
The initial duration of the task force will be at least 3 months, but more
likely 6 months, as I am sure that it is appreciated by all, the provision
of a canvas API that could be considered to output accessible content is no
simple undertaking.
We have approached and are continuing to reach out to browsers vendors and
other individuals and companies who can bring their expertise to bear on
what is considered to be a critical accessibility issue in HTML5.
The first meeting is expected to take place in the 1st or 2nd week of
august, all discussion related to the canvas accessibility task force will
be on the public html wg or wai-xtech lists.
notification and agenda for the first teleconference will be published when
the date has been confirmed.
with regards
Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium
www.paciellogroup.com | www.wat-c.org
Web Accessibility Toolbar -



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