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Strategies, standards, and supporting resources to help you make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities.


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more.


The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help you understand and implement accessibility.


You can use W3C WAI resources to make your websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone.


For Wide Review: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 Working Draft


WCAG 2.2 Working Draft is ready wide review before finalizing WCAG 2.2. This version has 9 new “success criteria” (requirements) since WCAG 2.1. The new success criteria address user needs of people with cognitive or learning disabilities, users of mobile devices, and users of ebooks. We want to hear from users, authors, tool developers, policy makers, and others about benefits from the new proposed success criteria, as well as how achievable you feel it is to conform to the new success criteria. Additional information is in the blog post Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 Draft for Review. Please submit comments by 18 September 2020.

For Review: Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities


The Draft Note "Making Content Usable for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities" is ready for review. This may be the final review before the document is published as a Working Group Note. We particularly request feedback on:

  • Are any user needs or patterns missing or incorrect?
  • Can any information be made easier to understand and implement?

Comments are welcome through 4 September 2020.

New Resource: Authoring Tool Accessibility Report Generator (keywords: CMS, ATAG, ...)


The Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published the ATAG Report Tool. Authoring tools are software and services used to create web content – such as content management systems (CMS) and what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) HTML editors. W3C's Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) addresses making the authoring tools themselves accessible and helping authors create more accessible web content. Learn more from the ATAG Overview. The new ATAG Report Tool helps authoring tool vendors and evaluators provide information to project managers, procurers, and others who need to know how well potential authoring tools support accessibility.

For Review: Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them


The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has published an updated Working Draft of Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them. This document is part of work on future accessibility guidelines, including WCAG 3.0. It explores the challenges of evaluating a broad range of websites and applications for conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and explores approaches for mitigating these challenges. Please see the blog post for information on this document and questions for review: Challenges with Accessibility Guidelines Conformance and Testing, and Approaches for Mitigating Them - blog.

New Videos Introduce Web Accessibility - Great for GAAD


The Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published 5 short videos that introduce evaluation resources from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The animated videos cover: Easy Checks — A First Review of Web Accessibility, Evaluation Tools, Conformance Evaluation including the Report Tool, and Involving Users in Web Accessibility. Other WAI videos include: Video Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards and the Web Accessibility Perspectives videos that demonstrate how accessibility is essential for some and useful for all. These videos are particularly useful to share for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on 21 May 2020 — along with the free online course: Introduction to Web Accessibility.

For Review: RTC Accessibility User Requirements (RAUR) First Draft


The First Public Working Draft of the Working Group Note RTC Accessibility User Requirements (RAUR) is now available for review. RAUR outlines user needs, requirements, and scenarios for real-time communication (RTC) to be accessible to people with disabilities. Accessible telecommunication technology is increasingly important for people who are working remotely and relying on RTC for daily needs. The purpose of this document is to inform the development of specifications and underlying architecture at W3C and beyond. Some of the requirements apply at the system or platform level, and some are authoring requirements. We would particularly like input on any user needs or requirements that are missing from this draft. For more information, see the blog post RTC Accessibility User Requirements – Call for Review.

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