CanCore Guidelines for Accessibility Elements; DRD Standardization

As announced last summer, a top priority for us has been the completion of a set of CanCore guidelines for metadata elements serving accessibility purposes. We're happy to announce that this work has just been completed, and the guidelines are available at: (These are also available in French:

These guidelines are based on a standard being finalized by the ISO sub-committee for e-learning standardization and derived from the IMS AccMD (as discussed in a 2005 interview with Jutta Treviranus; In meetings of this sub-committee earlier in March in Finland, this draft standard ( moved a significant step closer to completion --and without any major changes to the elements covered in the CanCore guidelines.

- Dr. Norm Friesen, March 27, 2006