Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Charter

The mission of the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AUWG), part of the WAI Technical Activity, is to produce guidelines for the development of authoring tools that are both accessible to authors and also enable all authors to create content that is accessible to end users. In particular, the AUWG will publish the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (ATAG 2.0) as a W3C Recommendation. This mission is complementary to the work of other Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) groups within the WAI Technical Activity and the WAI International Program Office Activity.

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End date 5 November, 2015
Confidentiality Proceedings are Public. Some communications between editors and/or during implementation testing period may be member-confidential.
Initial Chairs Jutta Treviranus
Initial Team Contacts
(FTE %: 35)
Jeanne Spellman
Usual Meeting Schedule Teleconferences: Every week
Face-to-face: 1-2 per year


The AUWG's scope of work includes:

  1. Continue the process of developing ATAG 2.0 as a W3C Recommendation
  2. Update Implementing ATAG 2.0 as a W3C Note
  3. Develop tests to support the evaluation of ATAG 2.0 implementations
  4. Document implementation testing experience of ATAG 2.0
  5. Review and comment on the work in other W3C Working Groups for dependencies with the requirements of ATAG 2.0
  6. Contribute input where appropriate towards requirements for WAI 3.0 Guidelines.

Consistent with W3C Process requirements on Task Forces, the AUWG may form task forces composed of AUWG participants or join other W3C task forces to carry out assignments when under the chartered scope of AUWG. Any such task force must have a work statement (including objectives, communication, participation, and leadership) that has been announced on the AUWG mailing list, approved by the AUWG, and is available from the AUWG home page. AUWG task forces should produce requirements documents that outline the scope and expectations for work. Task forces may set up separate teleconferences and hold face-to-face meetings per the W3C process and with the approval of the AUWG.

Success Criteria


W3C Technical Reports

Other Deliverables


Note: The group will document significant changes from this initial schedule on the group home page.
Specification FPWD LC CR PR Rec
ATAG 2.0 March 2003 June 2010 Sept 2010 March 2011 May 2011

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W3C Groups

Furthermore, Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group expects to follow these W3C Recommendations:


To be successful, AUWG is expected to have 6 or more active participants for its duration, with participation where possible including representation from industry, disability communities, accessibility research and government. Effective participation in AUWG is expected to consume 6 hours per week for each participant; two days per week for editors.

Participants are reminded of the Good Standing requirements of the W3C Process.


This group primarily conducts its work on the public mailing list w3c-wai-au@w3.org (archive). The public mailing list public-atag2-comments@w3.org (archive) is used for public feedback.

Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group home page.

Decision Policy

As explained in the Process Document (section 3.3), this group will seek to make decisions when there is consensus. When the Chair puts a question and observes dissent, after due consideration of different opinions, the Chair should record a decision (possibly after a formal vote) and any objections, and move on.

Patent Policy

This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.

About this Charter

This charter for the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.

The AUWG was first chartered in December 1997. The AUWG was rechartered in February 1999, January 2000, June 2001, and September 2004.

This charter has been extended several times in 2014 - 2015. The current extension is to 31 July 2015.

Please also see the previous charter for this group.

Jutta Treviranus, Chair
Jeanne Spellman, Staff Contact

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