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

Referencing and Applying WCAG 2.0 in Different Contexts
- International Standard - Accessibility Policies - Web Applications - Mobile Web -
W3C Workshop on 23 May 2013 in Brussels, Belgium

Workshop Sponsors

This Workshop is organized through the EC-funded WAI-ACT Project
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Additional sponsors include:


W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) invited participants to share their experiences using Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and its supporting resources in different policy settings and contexts. In this W3C Workshop we explored approaches for:


This W3C Workshop was open to policy-makers, users, developers, accessibility experts, researchers, and others interested in adopting, referencing, and applying WCAG 2.0. We invited participants to:

Workshop Results

This W3C Workshop brought together over 40 participants from Europe and around the world.


The UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and many regional and national policies on accessibility of information technologies have increased people's interest in accessibility of the Web. In turn, many organizations and governments are adopting the W3C/WAI guidelines in accessibility policies for the Web, in order to ensure that people can access the Web regardless of disability. This includes the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), accessibility guidelines for web browsers and media players (UAAG), and for web authoring tools (ATAG).

As organizations and governments migrate to WCAG 2.0, questions arise on how to best implement the guidelines in practice. This includes questions on how to best take advantage of the framework provided in WCAG 2.0 to address the continual evolution of web technologies such as WAI-ARIA and HTML5, the convergence of the Web with mobile and digital television, and how to utilize current and planned supporting resources such as Techniques for WCAG 2.0, and Understanding WCAG 2.0 documents. Some of these questions include:

This workshop provides an opportunity to exchange best practices on these and other questions, and to share strategies on promoting harmonized uptake of WCAG 2.0 internationally.

Workshop Agenda

This is the agenda overview. A full agenda is available.

Workshop Venue

The workshop took place on 23 May 2013 in Brussels, Belgium at the Diamant Conference and Business Center:

Diamant Conference & Business Centre
Bd. A Reyerslaan 80
B-1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 706 88 00


Reduced room rates were available until 7 May 2013 at the Thon Hotel EU:

Rue de la Loi
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)2 204 39 11

Contact Information

This W3C Workshop is organized and carried out through the European Commission funded WAI-ACT Project. Contact Shadi Abou-Zahra if you have questions.

Workshop organizers: Shadi Abou-Zahra and Judy Brewer.