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Documents in Progress

The WAI Interest Group (WAI IG) page lists documents in progress, such as accessibility guidelines WAI-ARIA 1.0, UAAG 2.0, and ATAG 2.0.


For Review: Cognitive Accessibility User Research

We invite you to review the First Public Working Draft of Cognitive Accessibility User Research. This planned W3C Working Group Note describes the challenges of using web technologies for people with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities. It provides a basis for subsequent work to develop strategies and techniques to improve accessibility for these user groups. More information is in the Call for Review: Cognitive Accessibility User Research e-mail. Please send comments by 13 February 2015. (2015-01-15)

For Review: IndieUI Events (for Mobile and More) Draft Updated

An updated Working Draft of IndieUI: Events - Events for User Interface Independence - is available for review. It defines a way for different user interactions to be translated into simple events and communicated to web applications. This draft includes new events and a refined technical model. See:

Please send comments on this draft by 13 February 2015. (2015-01-15)

For Review: Updated WCAG Techniques & Understanding WCAG

WAI announces a Call for Review of draft updates to supporting documents for WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 (Public Review Draft) and Understanding WCAG 2.0 (Public Review Draft). (This is not an update to WCAG 2.0, which is a stable document.) To learn more about the updates, see Call for Review: WCAG 2.0 Techniques Draft Updates e-mail. Please submit comments by 29 January 2015. (2015-01-08)

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool List: Call for Tool Information

An updated version of the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List is now available. Web accessibility evaluation tool vendors are encouraged to submit information about their tool to the list. (2014-Dec-18)

For Review: WAI-ARIA 1.1 and Accessibility API Mappings Working Drafts

Accessible Name and Description: Computation and API Mappings 1.1 (AccName-AAM) is available for review as a First Public Working Draft, along with updated Working Drafts of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 and Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.1 (Core-AAM). For an introduction to AccName-AAM and information on updates in these drafts of WAI-ARIA and Core-AAM, see the Call for Review: WAI-ARIA 1.1 and Accessibility API Mappings Working Drafts e-mail. Please send comments by 30 January 2015. (2014-Dec-11)

HTML5 longdesc is a Proposed Recommendation

W3C has published a Proposed Recommendation of HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc). This extension for HTML5 adds a longdesc attribute that is used to provide links to detailed descriptions of images. Comments are welcome through 16 January 2014. For more information, see the HTML5 Image Description Extension (longdesc) is a Proposed Recommendation e-mail. (2014-Dec-04)

Web Accessibility Tutorials on Images and Tables

Web Accessibility Tutorials on Images and Tables are now available. Additional tutorials will be announced soon. These tutorials show you how to create web content that is accessible to people with disabilities and that improves the user experience for all users. They include general guidance, and specific examples for HTML5 and WAI-ARIA. (2014-Sept-11)

WCAG-EM Provides Methodology for Evaluating Web Accessibility

WAI is pleased to announce publication of the completed Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) 1.0 as an informative W3C Working Group Note. WCAG-EM describes an approach for evaluating how websites, including Web applications and websites for mobile devices, conform to WCAG 2.0. WCAG-EM provides guidance for individuals and organizations that evaluate web accessibility, and is also useful for those that have others evaluate their website. Learn more from the WCAG-EM Overview. (2014-July-10)

Additional highlights are in the Highlights Archive.
WAI home page Highlights are edited by Shawn Henry, WAI's Education and Outreach Working Group, and other WAI Team and Working Groups.


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