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WCAG2ICT Task Force Work Statement

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Task Force on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies

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This Work Statement for the WCAG2ICT Task Force has been approved by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG).


The objective of WCAG2ICT Task Force is to develop documentation describing how to apply WCAG 2.0 and its principles, guidelines, and success criteria to non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). As part of this work, the Task Force will also review WCAG 2.0 Conformance in the context of how it might apply to non-web ICT.

This Task Force was formed in response to suggestions that WCAG 2.0 could be applied to non-web ICT (Information and Communications Technology) that are not web content. It is not the intent of this Task force to judge as to whether WCAG 2.0 or any particular WCAG 2.0 provisions should be used with non-web content, but rather to comment on the meaning of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, principles, success criteria and conformance requirements and how they should be understood if they were to be applied to non-web ICT.

This documentation is intended to help organizations that wish to use a single, well-established set of guidelines and principles—WCAG 2.0—across all of the ICT that they develop, procure, and/or assess for accessibility. This activity is consistent with the WCAG WG charter which states that its scope of work includes: "Coordinating with other entities adopting and using WCAG 2.0."

Work of this Task Force includes:

Explicitly out of scope for the WCAG2ICT Task Force work:


The primary effort of this Task Force will be describing how to interpret WCAG 2.0 and its principles, guidelines, success criteria and conformance requirements when applying them to non-web ICT, including all WCAG 2.0 A, AA, and AAA success criteria; and evaluating what WCAG Conformance means in the context of non-Web ICT. The resulting Working Group Note will include a success-criteria-by-success-criteria discussion of applying WCAG 2.0 to non-Web ICT, including their interface components and platforms, and the extent to which WCAG Conformance is meaningful to non-Web ICT.

The work may be broken down into ad hoc sub-teams if and as necessary, under the coordination of the Task Force facilitator(s), to efficiently develop the core Working Group Note.

The work will be carried out through a series of document drafts, all publicly visible, with opportunities for public comment through publicly available comment lists. In particular, key stakeholders such as developers, evaluators, accessibility experts, researchers, procurement experts, and end users will be regularly involved in the development process. Key participants will be drawn from people with expertise not only in Web technologies, but also those with platform-specific accessibility expertise, including people involved in the development of accessibility frameworks, accessible platforms, accessible user interface components, and accessible applications for a broad variety of computing environments.


Following is a rough timeline of the work:


WCAG2ICT is a Task Force of the WCAG WG, which has oversight over the Task Force to ensure accurate interpretation and representation of WCAG 2.0. While there are no direct dependencies at the Task Force level (please see scope section of WCAG WG Charter for more information), please note the following proposed liaisons:


The following proposed participating liaisons may change pending confirmation, and/or be expanded:


WCAG2ICT Task Force communications are publicly visible. Communication mechanisms for the WCAG2ICT Task Force include:

  1. WCAG2ICT Task Force mailing list, mailing list archive, and action tracker (to be created);
  2. Subpage off of the WCAG Working Group home page;
  3. Weekly (and at times twice-weekly) teleconferences, with teleconference minutes also sent to WCAG WG mailing list;
  4. Regular updates and feedback to WCAG WG, and to WAI Coordination Group (WAI CG) as needed;
  5. Regular submission of deliverables to WCAG WG for approval;
  6. Summary of current status and progress on the WCAG2ICT Task Force home page (to be created).


WCAG2ICT Task Force participants must join the Task Force through the WCAG WG, which includes representatives of W3C Member Organizations as well as Invited Experts (agreement for Invited Experts). Task Force participants must agree to actively contribute to the work of WCAG2ICT Task Force, including:

Contact Michael Cooper (cooper at w3.org) to become a participant of WCAG2ICT Task Force or with questions.




Patent Policy

This Task Force is part of the WCAG WG Charter, which operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version).