Cognitive Web Accessibility: Guidelines 2006

Published in 2006, these resources are original studies and Web articles.

  • Resources about WCAG 2.0 and Cognitive Disabilities
    Provided by Paul Bohman.
  • Formal Objection to WCAG 2.0 from Lisa Seeman on 2006-06-20
    "WCAG 2.0 claims to define and address the requirements for making Web content accessible to those with learning difficulties, cognitive limitations and others. We object to that claim."
  • Letter of invitation re cognitive language and learning aspects of WCAG 2.0
    "The following is the text of an E-mail dated 2006.11.22 from WCAG Working Group cochair Gregg Vanderheiden to various parties interested in cognitive disability under WCAG 2." This is the response by the W3C/WAI to the formal objection.
  • Going Beyond WCAG 2.0
    "Application Note: 'Designing Web Content To Be More Accessible By Individuals With Language, Learning, And Cognitive Disabilities'" ... "Research Topic Paper: 'On The Horizon: Emerging and Future Techniques for Making Web Content More Accessible To Individuals with Language, Learning, and Cognitive Disabilities'”
  • Direct Access vs. Access via Special User Agent
    "Direct access means content is intrinsically accessible, so all users, including users with disabilities, can benefit from the accessibility features provided." ... "Access via special user agents, by contrast, involves features that are not seen or used by most users, but can be exploited by assistive technologies."
  • Cognitive and Learning Disability Matrix (for WCAG 2.0) - Joe Clark: Media access
    "This table lists cognitive and learning disabilities and suggests the success criteria from WCAG 2 that improve the accessibility of content for users with each disability. In many cases, the success criterion does not assist the user directly, but enables assistive technology that can assist the user."
  • Juicy Studio: Formal Objection to WCAG Claiming to Address Cognitive Limitations
    "Summary: Lisa Seeman's objection to WCAG's claim that WCAG 2.0 will address requirements for people with learning disabilities and cognitive limitations." Has many comments.
  • Contextual web accessibility - maximizing the benefit of accessibility guidelines
    "We argue that while work to optimize the accessibility of the World Wide Web through the publication and dissemination of a range of guidelines is of great importance, there is also the need for a more holistic approach to maximizing the role of the Web in enabling disabled people to access information, services and experiences. The persistently disappointingly low levels of usability of Web content for disabled people indicates that focusing on the adoption of accessibility guidelines by content authors, tool developers and policy makers is not sufficient for a truly inclusive Web."
  • Designing for Dyslexics: Part 1 of 3
    "This is the first in a series of three articles examining the specific learning difficulty known as dyslexia and how web design can impact the ability of those afflicted to access information on web pages." Published by
  • Cognitive Disabilities and the Web: Where Accessibility and Usability Meet?
    "Usability, Accessibility and User Centered Design". National Center on Disability and Access to Education

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