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Any questions about WAI ?

For many disabled people, well adapted Website design can mean the difference between playing a full and active part in society, or being impeded to exercise their rights, freedoms or responsabilies on an equal footing.

Is it really difficult to have access to the content of Web sites ?

Peter Bosher,
Chairman of the British
Computer Association of the Blind

The World Wide Web Consortium's commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities.

Why is accessibility an essential goal for the Web ?

Judy Brewer,
Director of the WAI International Program Office

The Web Accessibility Initiative, in coordination with organizations around the world, is pursuing accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work : technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development.

Practically, what is the Web Accessibility Initiative working on ?

Daniel Dardailler,
Project Manager for the WAI


If we are not disabled, are we concerned with accessibility ?

Judy Brewer,
Director of the WAI International Program Office

The sequences with Peter Bosher and Judy Brewer are taken from the video "Websites that Work!" produced by the Web Accessibility Initiative, in association with the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Sensory Disabilities Research Unit (University of Hertfordshire) and Pacifica Films.

A quick overview of WAI actions

Quick tips to make accessible Web sites, on a business card format, with 4 tips on the recto.

6 tips on the verso of the card

With this card, you always keep in mind the essential features in Universal Web Design.

Improving the accessibility of the World Wide Web means, first of all, ensuring that Web technologies support accessibility. In the Technology area, WAI addresses accessibility of HTML, Style Sheets, Multimedia, MathML, DOM, XML, Graphics, Mobile Access, Internationalization, and other W3C technologies.

Web accessibility guidelines are essential for Web site development and for Web-related applications development. WAI is coordinating with many organizations to produce Web content guidelines for accessible Web sites; for user agents (browsers, multimedia players, etc.) and authoring tools (editors & site management tools).

Tools for evaluation, repair, and proxy conversions can facilitate Web accessibility. An Interest Group in this area provides a forum to discuss tool requirements, while a Working Group develops tool prototypes.

Education & Outreach
This activity develops strategies and materials to increase awareness among the Web community of the need for Web accessibility, and educate the Web community regarding solutions to Web accessibility. It is hosted by the WAI International Program Office which enables partnering and coordination among the many stakeholders in Web accessibility : industry, disability organizations, governments, and research organizations.


The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative International Program Office is separately funded from W3C Member activities, and appreciates the sponsorship of governments and corporations that have shown their leadership in Web accessibility and Universal Design. Current sponsors include the U.S. National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; European Commission's Disabled & Elderly Programme under Directorate Generale XIII; Microsoft Corporation; IBM and Lotus Development Corporation; and NCR.

Members involved



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The Web Accessibility Initiative home page
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Some references of browsers adapted to disabled people
Some references of evaluation tools, to check the accessibility of your pages.