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Making the Web Accessible

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.


Judy Brewer Receives 2018 SIGACCESS Award

Judy Brewer, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Director at W3C/MIT, received the SIGACCESS Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility Award for 2018. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies that improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. For more information, see Judy Brewer: Outstanding Contribution Recipient 2018 and SIGACCESS Outstanding Contribution Award.


For Review: Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA Working Draft

Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA is being reviesd and updated. A Working Draft is available for review. Since the last publication, the abilities of robots to defeat CAPTCHAs has increased, and new technologies to authenticate human users have come available. This update brings the document up to date with these new realities. For more information, see the blog post Updated and extensively revised “Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA” Published. Please submit any comments by 31 July 2018.


WCAG 2.1 is a Web Standard “W3C Recommendation”

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.1 was published today as a “W3C Recommendation” web standard. All requirements (“success criteria”) from 2.0 are included in 2.1. There are additional success criteria in 2.1. They are introduced in What’s New in WCAG 2.1. For information about this publication and next steps, see the blog post WCAG 2.1 is a W3C Recommendation.


W3C WAI Website and Resources Redesigned

The redesigned W3C WAI website makes it easier to get information to help you improve web accessibility. The visual design, information architecture, navigation, and overall user experience is all new. Much of the content is revised, and we plan to revise more in the coming months. The redesign makes it easier to skim pages, read content, find specific information, and discover new resources. It’s also easier for the community to be involved in improving resources. Please see W3C WAI Website Redesign Information for:

  • Planned Changes and Known Issues
  • Acknowledgements
  • How to Comment


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