Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group
The mission of the Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group (APA WG) is to ensure W3C specifications provide support for accessibility to people with disabilities. The group advances this mission through review of W3C specifications, development of technical support materials, collaboration with other Working Groups, and coordination of harmonized accessibility strategies within W3C.
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The APA WG is engaged on the following work:
- Publications: The Working Group maintains a comprehensive list of publications and status, which include:
- Media Accessibility User Requirements,
- Payment Accessibility User Requirements,
- Web Technology Accessibility Guidelines plus checklist, and
- Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA.
- Specification reviews: input is solicited on the WAI Interest Group mailing list, and comments are copied to the wai-xtech mailing list.
- Community groups: the Working Group maintains a list of community groups to track.
- Developing support tools:
- Group Coordination Matrix: tracks the accessibility interest APA has in the specifications produced by other W3C Working Groups, as well as people with known relevant expertise.
- Specification Review Tracker: trackes feedback the APA has sent to other Working Groups, to ensure that comments are resolved and for history when later comments are filed.
The APA Project Plan details intended timeline and milestones for this work.
The APA WG uses task forces to focus work on specific projects. Current task forces include:
- Cognitive Accessibility Task Force: jointly operated with the Accessibility Guidelines WG to improve Web accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities;
- CSS Accessibility Task Force: jointly operated with the ARIA WG and CSS WG to identify accessibility problems that can be created by use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and to develop solutions;
- Research Questions Task Force: works to identify accessibility knowledge gaps and barriers in emerging and future web technologies.
- HTML Accessibility Task Force (inactive): jointly operated with the HTML Working Group to manage the progress of accessibility solutions in HTML5;
- Specification Accessibility Task Force: assists the Working Group with accessibility review of W3C specifications;
- Web Payments Accessibility sub-group: explores accessibility use cases and requirements to develop as a deliverable, Payment Accessibility User Requirements, currently proposed to become a task force.
How to Comment, Contribute, and Participate
The APA Working Group engages with stakeholders in a variety of ways. See the following resources for information on:
Meetings and Communication
The APA WG conducts its work using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous tools. The communication page provides details about:
- Teleconferences of the Working Group and its task forces (also see meeting minutes);
- Face to face meetings (also see face to face meeting pages);
- Email lists;
- apa source repository;
- Web-Based Surveys (WBS);
- Issue Tracker;
- apa source repository issue tracker.
These tools are used by participants of the Working Group. For ways non-participants can contribute, see how to contribute to the Working Group and file comments.
Work of the APA WG is in accordance with the W3C Process. APA work is funded in part by the WAI Core 2015 Project. The work of this group does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funders.
The chair of the APA WG, responsible for overall leadership and management, is Janina Sajka. The staff contact, responsible for W3C Process and general support, is Michael Cooper. Administrative inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Accessible Platform Architectures maintains the following operational resources:
W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent.