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WAI Technical Activity Statement

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Technical Activity addresses barriers to Web accessibility on several levels. First, it seeks to ensure that the full range of core technologies of the Web, from HTML to the Semantic Web, is accessible. Barriers exist when these technologies lack features needed by users with visual, auditory, physical, cognitive or neurological disabilities; or when the accessibility potential in the technology is not implemented in Web content or applications. The WAI Technical Activity coordinates closely with the WAI International Program Office, which focuses on WAI education and outreach, research and development, and overall coordination of WAI activities.

The WAI Technical Activity reviews accessibility support across all W3C specifications, and develops the WAI-ARIA suite of resources for making Rich Internet Applications accessible through the work of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA WG). The WAI Technical Activity promotes implementation of accessibility improvements in Web technologies through development of a set of three WAI guidelines: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG), and Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG). These guidelines describe features needed to achieve different levels of accessibility, and include reference checklists and implementation techniques. The WAI Technical Activity also develops techniques to improve tools for evaluation and repair of Web sites through the work of the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG).

Highlights Since the Previous Advisory Committee Meeting

Since the previous W3C Advisory Committee Meeting in October 2015, the WAI Technical Activity accomplished the following through its Working Groups.

The Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group (APA WG)

The Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA WG)

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG)

The Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)

The Independent User Interface Working Group (IndieUI WG)

The Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG)

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG)

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG)

Upcoming Activity Highlights

Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group

Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
(participants)
Jutta TreviranusJeanne SpellmanChartered until 15 July 2015
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group
(participants)
Shadi Abou-ZahraShadi Abou-ZahraChartered until 15 July 2015
Protocols and Formats Working Group
(participants)
Janina SajkaMichael CooperChartered until 15 July 2015
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
(participants)
Jim Allan, Kelly FordJeanne SpellmanChartered until 15 July 2015
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
(participants)
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Joshue O ConnorMichael CooperChartered until 15 July 2015
Independent User Interface (Indie UI) Working Group
(participants)
Janina SajkaMichael CooperChartered until 30 April 2015

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2014 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Judy Brewer, WAI Technical Activity Lead

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