Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
The mission of the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is to develop guidelines to make Web content accessible for people with disabilities and to develop and maintain implementation support materials for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
2017-01-27 - New charter approved: A new charter has been approved and the group has been renamed "Accessibility Guidelines Working Group". This charter adds Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 and Accessibility Conformance Testing Framework 1.0 as deliverables, in addition to ongoing WCAG 2.0 maintenance. All participants must rejoin the group by 13 March 2017. Charter link
The Working Group maintains a comprehensive list of publications, which include:
- WCAG 2.1,
- Understanding WCAG 2.0,
- WCAG 2.0 Techniques
- Errata for WCAG 2.0, and
- Accessibility Guidelines 3.0 ("Silver").
The Project Plan details intended timeline and milestones for this work. A list of publications on the W3C Technical Reports page includes completed deliverables that are no longer worked on by the Working Group.
The AG WG uses task forces to focus work on specific projects. Current task forces include:
- Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Task Force: develop a framework and repository of test rules, to promote a unified interpretation of WCAG 2.0 among different web accessibility test tools;
- Cognitive Accessibility Task Force: jointly operated with the Accessible Platform Architectures WG to improve Web accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities;
- Low Vision Accessibility Task Force: identify issues and specify solutions to web accessibility issues specific to users with low vision;
- Mobile Accessibility Task Force: produce techniques, understanding and guidance documents as well as updates to existing related W3C / WAI material that addresses the mobile space;
- Silver Task Force: perform preliminary development of a new version of Accessibility Guidelines following a research-focused, user-centered design methodology.
How to Comment, Contribute, and Participate
The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group engages with stakeholders in a variety of ways. See the following resources for information on:
Meetings and Communication
The AG 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;
- WCAG 2.0 source repository and WCAG 2.1 source repository;
- Web-Based Surveys (WBS);
- Issue Tracker;
- WCAG 2.0 source repository issue tracker and WCAG 2.1 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 AG WG is in accordance with the W3C Process. AG 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 AG WG, responsible for overall leadership and management, are Andrew Kirkpatrick and Joshue O Connor. The staff contact, responsible for W3C Process and general support, is Michael Cooper. Administrative inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AG WG 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.