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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 Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG). The WAI Technical Activity promotes implementation of accessibility improvements in Web technologies through development of a set of three WAI guidelines as Recommendations: 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 June 2013, the WAI Technical Activity accomplished the following through its five Working Groups.

The Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) (Member PFWG page):

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG):

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG):

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG):

The Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG):

The Independent User Interface Working Group (Indie UI WG)

Upcoming Activity Highlights

Protocols and Formats Working Group:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group:

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group:

User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group:

Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group:

Independent User Interface Working Group:

Summary of Activity Structure

GroupChairTeam ContactCharter
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
(participants)
Jutta TreviranusJeanne SpellmanChartered until 30 September 2013
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group
(participants)
Shadi Abou-ZahraShadi Abou-ZahraChartered until 30 September 2013
Protocols and Formats Working Group
(participants)
Janina SajkaMichael CooperChartered until 30 September 2013
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
(participants)
Jim Allan, Kelly FordJeanne SpellmanChartered until 30 September 2013
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
(participants)
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Joshue O ConnorMichael CooperChartered until 30 September 2013
Independent User Interface (Indie UI) Working Group
(participants)
Janina SajkaMichael CooperChartered until 30 April 2015

This Activity Statement was prepared for TPAC 2013 per section 5 of the W3C Process Document. Generated from group data.

Judy Brewer, WAI Technical Activity Lead

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