Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group

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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.


2018-03-20 - Wide review: Wide review: Accessible Name and Description Computation: The ARIA WG has published a wide review draft of Accessible Name and Description Computation 1.1. This document describes how user agents determine the names and descriptions of accessible objects, where information comprising that name can come from various characteristics of the content, in order to lead to a consistent result across implementations. The document previously included Accessibility API Mappings, which have been moved to Core Accessibility API Mappings, so this document only describes the procedure to determine accessible name and description, not how to expose it. Please comment by 13 April 2018.

2018-03-29 - Candidate Recommendation: WAI-ARIA Graphics Module and Graphics Accessibility API Mappings: The ARIA WG has published WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 and Graphics Accessibility API Mappings 1.0. The Working Group targets 27 April 2018 to complete the testing process and produce the implementation report.

Current Work

The Working Group maintains a comprehensive list of publications and status, which include:

The ARIA Project Plan details intended timeline and milestones for this work and proceeds according to the ARIA Working Group Work Flow.

Task Forces

The ARIA WG uses task forces to focus work on specific projects. Current task forces include:

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:

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.

Administrative Information

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 Joanmarie Diggs and James Nurthen. 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.

Current participants in the ARIA WG.