This document is an appendix to the W3C "Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0" (W3C Working Draft 22 November 2004). It provides a list of all checkpoints from the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, organized by priority, as a checklist for authoring tools developers, authoring tools users and evalutators. Please refer to the Guidelines document for introductory information, information about related documents, a glossary of terms, and more.
This list may be used to review an authoring tool for accessibility. For each checkpoint, indicate whether the checkpoint has been satisfied, has not been satisfied, or is not applicable.
This document has been produced as part of the Web Accessibility Initiative. The goal of the WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is discussed in the Working Group charter.
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This document is an appendix to a document which will supersede the W3C Recommendation Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 [ATAG10]. It has been made available for review by W3C Members and other interested parties, in accordance with W3C Process. It is not endorsed by the W3C or its Members. It is inappropriate to refer to this document other than as a work in progress.
This document has been produced by the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG) as part of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The goals of the Working Group are discussed in the AUWG charter. The AUWG is part of the WAI Technical Activity.
This draft refers to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for specification of accessible content and refers non-normatively to the Techniques for Authoring Tool Accessibility [ATAG20-TECHS].
The AUWG expects the ATAG 2.0 to be backwards-compatible with ATAG 1.0, or at most to make only minor changes in requirements. Before this document reaches last call, the Working Group will publish a detailed analysis of the differences in requirements.
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Every checkpoint in ATAG 2.0 has been assigned a priority levels to indicate the importance of the checkpoint in satisfying the guidelines and a set of success criteria that an authoring tool must meet before it is considered to have met the checkpoint. The priority of a checkpoint determines whether it must be met by a tool in order for that tool to achieve a particular ATAG 2.0 conformance level. The priority levels are:
Note: The choice of priority level for each checkpoint is based on the assumption that the author is a competent, but not necessarily expert, user of the authoring tool, and that the author has little or no knowledge of accessibility. For example, the author is not expected to have read all of the documentation, but is expected to know how to turn to the documentation for assistance.
|1.3 Allow the display preferences of the authoring interface to be changed without affecting the document markup. (Techniques for 1.3)|
|2.1 Support formats that enable the creation of Web content that conforms to WCAG. (Techniques for 2.1)|
|2.2 Ensure that the tool preserves all unrecognized markup and accessibility information during transformations and conversions. (Techniques for 2.2)|
|3.4 Do not automatically generate equivalent alternatives or reuse previously authored alternatives without author confirmation, except when the function is known with certainty. (Techniques for 3.4)|
|1.4 Ensure that the authoring interface enables the author to navigate the structure and perform structure-based edits. (Techniques for 1.4)|
|1.5 Ensure that the authoring interface allows the author to search within the editing views. (Techniques for 1.5)|
|3.7 Document all features of the tool that support the production of accessible content. (Techniques for 3.7)|
|4.1 Ensure that the most accessible option for an authoring task is given priority. (Techniques for 4.1)|
|4.2 Ensure that accessibility prompting, checking, repair functions, and documentation are always clearly available to the author. (Techniques for 4.2)|
|4.3 Ensure that sequential authoring processes integrate accessible authoring practices|
|3.5 Provide functionality for managing, editing, and reusing alternative equivalents. (Techniques for 3.5)|
|3.6 Provide the author with a summary of accessibility status. (Techniques for 3.6)|
|3.8 Ensure that accessibility is modeled in all documentation and help, including examples. (Techniques for 3.8)|
|3.9 Provide a tutorial on the process of accessible authoring (Techniques for 3.9)|
|4.4 Ensure that accessibility prompting, checking, repair functions and documentation are configurable. (Techniques for 4.4)|
|1.1 Ensure that the authoring interface follows applicable software accessibility guidelines. (Techniques for 1.1)|
|1.2 Ensure that the authoring interface enables accessible editing of element and object properties. (Techniques for 1.2)|
|2.3 Ensure that when the tool automatically generates content it conforms to WCAG. (Techniques for 2.3)|
|2.4 Ensure that all pre-authored content for the tool conforms to WCAG. (Techniques for 2.4)|
|3.1 Prompt and assist the author to create content that conforms to WCAG. (Techniques for 3.1)|
|3.2 Check for and inform the author of accessibility problems. (Techniques for 3.2)|
|3.3 Assist authors in repairing accessibility problems. (Techniques for 3.3)|