The W3C makes Accessible Rich Internet Applications a web standard

In today's accessible technology roundup: The W3C makes ARIA an official recommendation, Apple adds a new accessibility feature to iOS 7.1 and why Google’s removal of link underlines could hurt accessibility

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A rendering of letters and number W3C using the W3C's mission statement

Last week was a big week for the W3C's accessibility initiative

Image credit: flickr/Max Froumentin (license)

Thursday was a big day for the future of website accessibility, because the W3C announced that they've published Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. By doing so, the W3C effectively made ARIA, which is a framework for web developers and content producers to make dynamic web content and user interfaces more accessible, a web standard.

Here are some other recent news items and information about the development of accessible technology:

Was there other big news from the world of accessible technology that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

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