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Strategies, standards, and supporting resources to help you make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities.


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more.


The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help you understand and implement accessibility.


You can use W3C WAI resources to make your websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone.


Current Work

(updated monthly)

See What We're Working On – Accessibility Activities and Publications

For Wide Review: Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements (SAUR)


Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements (SAUR) is ready for wide review before finalizing and publishing it as a W3C Note. SAUR describes accessibility user needs and requirements for audio and visual media synchronization. It discusses synchronization of accessibility-related components of multimedia, such as captions, sign language interpretation, and description. Additional information is in the 13 April 2022 review e-mail. Please submit any comments by 13 May 2022.

Invitation: WAI-CooP Meeting, Online, 19 April 2022


You are invited to the WAI-CooP Open Meeting, Online on 19 April 2022. We encourage participation from people interested in: digital accessibility implementation in Europe and internationally; guidance on available web accessibility training, tools, and resources; and exchanges on the European Union (EU) Web Accessibility Directive (WAD). Agenda, logistics, and registration information is in the meeting page. This meeting is free, and registration is required.

Cognitive Accessibility Design Patterns - New User Interface


Cognitive accessibility objectives and design patterns are now available as a set of web pages from Cognitive Accessibility Guidance list. The objectives and design patterns are “supplemental guidance” to WCAG 2 as explained in About Supplemental Guidance. They are part of W3C work on accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities introduced in Cognitive Accessibility at W3C.

Updated Resource: Designer Modules in Curricula on Web Accessibility


New designer modules are now published in the Curricula on Web Accessibility. This curricula provides a framework for creating courses on digital accessibility, for including accessibility in other courses, and for reviewing and comparing existing and proposed courses. The February 2022 publication adds new designer modules. These modules focus on teaching accessibility to visual, information, interaction, and UX designers.

For Review: Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA - draft update


An updated draft of Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA: Alternatives to Visual Turing Tests on the Web is available for review and comment. It explores cryptographic authentication to verify humans versus bots. This uses W3C technologies that remove the need for interactive CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to distinguish between Computers and Humans).

Digital Accessibility Updates on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)


Digital Accessibility Updates on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) blog post gives you updates on:

  • documenting user needs in MAUR, SAUR, XAUR, RAUR, NAUR
  • translating accessibility resources
  • updating digital accessibility language on speech recognition, voice recognition, description of visual information in videos, and more.
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