This document is a draft of a unified WAI conformance statement for review by the W3C Membership and other interested parties.
This document explains how to claim conformance to these guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C):
A claim and the details of the claim may be published anywhere (e.g., on the Web or in product documentation). If the claim details are published separately from the claim, the claim must include a reference to the details. The claim and claim details must be accessible according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Each claim must refer to an explanation of the claim, which resides at the W3C site. The reference may appear along with the details of the claim.
For example, an author may put a conformance icon on a Web page and could link that to a separate page for the claim details. On the details page, the author must refer to the W3C explanation of the claim. Or, the icon itself may link directly to the W3C explanation, and the claim details might appear on the same page as the icon.
Each claim must include all of the following information:
Each guidelines document provides an example claim appropriate for that document.
Claim details may be provided in text or metadata markup (e.g., using RDF and an RDF schema designed for WAI conformance claims). If the details are provided in a markup language, they must be accessible according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
A sample RDF schema in development is available at the W3C Website.
Anyone may make a conformance claim (e.g., vendors about their own products, third parties about those products, content providers about their own Web sites, journalists about Web sites of others, etc.). Claimants are solely responsible for their claims and the use of the conformance icons. The appearance of a WAI conformance icon does not imply that W3C has reviewed the claim or agrees with it.
No agency, including W3C, has the definitive authority to validate claims. All claims are subject to review, and upon demonstration that a claim is flawed or incomplete, claimants are expected to modify it accordingly or retract it.
Please note that claims are not conditional on an automated test. Today, there is no tool that can perform a completely automatic assessment on the checkpoints in the guidelines, and fully automatic testing may remain difficult or impossible.
"Conformance Icons" may be used by claimants on Web sites, product packaging, documentation, etc. to indicate conformance.
For any of the guidelines documents:
The following sections explain how to claim conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 in HTML 4.
Put the following markup in your page for the level A icon:
<A href="http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1A-Conformance" title="Explanation of Level A Conformance"> <IMG height="32" width="88" src="http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag1A" alt="Level A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0"></A>
Put the following markup in your page for the level Double A icon:
<A href="http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1AA-Conformance" title="Explanation of Level Double-A Conformance"> <IMG height="32" width="88" src="http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag1AA" alt="Level Double-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0"></A>
Put the following markup in your page for the level Triple A icon:
<A href="http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1AAA-Conformance" title="Explanation of Level Triple-A Conformance"> <IMG height="32" width="88" src="http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag1AAA" alt="Level Triple-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0"></A>
Not yet available. These will become available should the Authoring Tool Guidelines become a W3C Recommendation.
Not yet available. These will become available should the User Agent Guidelines become a W3C Recommendation.
W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) addresses accessibility of the Web through five complementary activities that:
WAI's International Program Office enables partnering of industry, disability organizations, accessibility research organizations, and governments interested in creating an accessible Web.
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