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25 June 2012

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Symposium Report Summary

The Research Report on Mobile Web Accessibility note format is an Editor Draft (dated 29 July 2013) of a W3C Working Group Note developed by the WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG). It is available online at www.w3.org/WAI/RD/2012/mobile/note/ED-mobile


The mobile world is rapidly evolving with increasingly technical devices, platforms, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), applications, and web browsers. Further, the complexity of web content and applications provided via mobile devices is likewise increasing year on year. At the same time, the many sensors and gauges deployed on mobile devices are being utilised to provide new interaction paradigms such as touch events and gestures. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly important and are already the primary form of accessing the Web in many parts of the world (Google 2012).

While these developments provide vast opportunities for people with disabilities they also entail accessibility challenges. These challenges are currently being addressed throughout the Open Web Platform, however, our symposium authors discuss a number of issues needing further work to better address mobile accessibility through existing and future web standards. Principally, and despite some initial work on mapping between WCAG and MWBP, there is a need to better collate overlaps between existing disjoint guidelines so as to, understand areas without coverage in an attempt to, guide further research and development activities.

In this case, we present the major findings of the Mobile Accessibility symposium, which was organised by the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG), to enumerate these areas without coverage.


S. Harper, P. Thiessen, and Y Yesilada, eds. Research Report on Mobile Web Accessibility. W3C WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) Notes. ([2013]) Available at: [URL]

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