Waiting for WCAG 2.2: when will they be released, and what to expect?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), published by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), are the internationally recognized guidelines to make web content more accessible, and they are the reference point for digital accessibility of: web sites, mobile apps, and digital contents.

The current version, WCAG 2.1, was released in June 2018, but a new update (WCAG 2.2) is right around the corner, with the addition of new requirements that will improve accessibility and usability of web content for all users. This new version is based on WCAG 2.1, which it extends.

If you have already started your accessibility journey towards WCAG 2.0 or 2.1 compliance, don’t worry: each version of the WCAG is backward compatible. If you are already compliant with WCAG 2.1 A or AA, it will take little effort to align with the new Success Criteria introduced by this update, so any effort will still be worthwhile.

Now released as a Candidate Recommendation, the WCAG 2.2 will soon be published as a Recommendation. There is no certain date yet, but officially it is scheduled to be completed and published in May 2023.

For more information, read the full article on the Fondazione LIA (Italy) website.