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WAI: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities

Mobile Accessibility

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"Mobile accessibility" generally refers to making websites and applications more accessible to people with disabilities when they are using mobile phones. WAI's work in this area includes people using a broad range of devices to interact with the web: phones, tablets, TVs, and more.

This page summarizes existing and developing resources related to mobile web accessibility. There are not separate guidelines for mobile accessibility — mobile is covered in existing W3C accessibility guidelines (particularly WCAG and UAAG, which are introduced below). We plan to provide more guidance on applying WCAG and UAAG in the mobile context.

WAI is a community effort and we welcome your participation.

Current Work is listed below.

W3C WAI Addresses Mobile Accessibility

WAI's accessibility guidelines address mobile accessibility:

WAI is working to enhance technologies for mobile accessibility, including:

W3C addresses mobile accessibility. WAI ensures that the core W3C technologies support accessibility, including those that are essential for the mobile web. All W3C work is reviewed for accessibility by WAI's Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG). W3C work on mobile includes:

Mobile and Accessibility Overlap

Most of this page addresses people with disabilities using mobile devices. We also have related resources that address situations such as: a web development project wants to make their websites and web applications work better for all mobile users (including those without disabilities) and also work better for users with disabilities using "traditional" computers.

Current Work

WAI's current work related to mobile accessibility includes:

Illustration of 4 scroll down user actions (described in the main content) going into a filter labeled IndieUI Events. Under filter is 'scrollrequest(x/y)', and an arrow pointing to it from a Web App.
IndieUI Events Illustration

Get Involved

If you would like to be more involved in WAI's work on mobile accessibility, please send an e-mail with a little about your interests and time availability to Kathy Wahlbin and Kim Patch.

Get Updates

If you would like to get notification of future work on mobile accessibility at W3C WAI, see Getting WAI Announcements.

About W3C and WAI

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. To learn more, see About W3C.

W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) brings together individuals and organizations from around the world to develop strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. To learn more, see the WAI website.