Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group
The mission of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA WG) is to develop technologies that enhance accessibility of web content for people with disabilities. This includes continued development of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) suite of technologies and other technical specifications when needed to bridge known gaps.
2017-01-03 - Joanmarie Diggs appoinetd co-chair of ARIA WG: Joanmarie Diggs has been appointed co-chair of the ARIA Working Group and joins Rich Schwerdtfeger in the role.
The Working Group maintains a comprehensive list of publications and status, which include:
- WAI-ARIA 1.1,
- WAI-ARIA 1.1 modules for Digital Publishing and Graphics,
- Accessibility API Mappings for ARIA, Digital Publishing, HTML, and SVG, and
- WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices.
The ARIA Project Plan details intended timeline and milestones for this work.
The ARIA WG uses task forces to focus work on specific projects. Current task forces include:
- User Agent Implementation Task Force: develop guidelines for interoperable user agent implementation of the WAI-ARIA specification;
- SVG Accessibility Task Force: identify the accessibility requirements and manage the progress of accessibility solutions in SVG2, while expanding participation and fostering collaboration among experts in SVG and Web Accessibility as a means to meet the requirements and goals of each group and to increase mutual understanding;
- Digital Publishing Accessibility Task Force: create a recommended list of digital publishing terms allowing for clear interaction with assistive technologies, easy reusability. and native validation;
- ARIA Authoring Practices sub-group: focuses on ARIA Authoring Practices.
How to Comment, Contribute, and Participate
The ARIA Working Group engages with stakeholders in a variety of ways. See the following resources for information on:
Meetings and Communication
The ARIA 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;
- ARIA source repository;
- Web-Based Surveys (WBS);
- Issue Tracker;
- ARIA 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 ARIA WG is in accordance with the W3C Process. ARIA WG 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 chairs of the ARIA WG, responsible for overall leadership and management, are Rich Schwerdtfeger and Joanmarie Diggs. The staff contact, responsible for W3C Process and general support, is Michael Cooper.
The Accessible Rich Internet 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.