The Silver Task Force is part of the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group of the W3C. The Silver Task Force and the W3C Silver Community Group are performing the preliminary work for the successor to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2. The guidelines will have a new name that reflects the anticipated broader scope beyond web content.
Anyone who would like to participate should read the Welcome to Silver quick-start guide.
- 1 News
- 2 What is Silver?
- 3 Silver Design Plan
- 4 Silver Stakeholders
- 5 Silver Research
- 6 Silver Design Sprint
- 7 Silver Prototyping and User Testing
- 7.1 Current Prototypes
- 7.2 Contributing to Prototypes
- 8 Silver Content
- 9 Meetings
- (7 November 2018) "Alpha" testing of the Silver Information Architecture prototype and the Silver Plain Language prototype was announced for the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the AG Task Forces. Email Announcement of the testing
- (27 October 2018) Slides for A11yBOS presentation (Google Slides format). It uses some of the slides of the earlier AGWG presentation, but a with more public orientation. There are extensive speaker notes on each slide. It contains links to the prototypes. It has more detail on the Conformance prototype that was worked out later during the W3C TPAC conference. The slide deck accepts comments on each slide.
- (22 October 2018) Silver presentation to Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (Google Slides) at the W3C annual conference, TPAC. It contains links to the prototypes. It is heavily W3C standards-oriented. There are few speaker notes.
- (19 July 2018) Invitation: Contribute ideas to Silver blog post published.
- (28 June 2018) Silver presentation at #a11yTO
- (12 June 2018) First draft of the Silver Requirements were presented to the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group.
- (23 April 2018) Report of the CSUN Design Sprint draft published. Comments can be left at the condensed version of the Design Sprint Report Suggestions, or by email to the Silver email list
What is Silver?
The objective of the Silver Task Force is to perform preliminary research and development for a successor to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Code-named "Silver", these guidelines will address the process of making content and functionality accessible to people with disabilities, including the roles of content authoring, user agent support, and authoring tool support. These guidelines will provide a base for continued evolution of accessibility standards.
Silver is currently in the Ideation and Experimentation (prototyping and user testing) phase of the original Design Plan for Silver. The Silver Task Force and Silver Community Group partnered with researchers who are studying different aspects of the current WCAG. Research related to the structure of Silver was completed by March 2018. A summary of the structure-related research is publicly available. Many of the individual papers are also public and are linked from the summary. Research related to Silver content will be on-going.
Participation in the Silver Community Group is open to the public. Interested people can join the the W3C Silver Community Group to be placed on the mailing list and join conference calls. See the Participation Options and the meeting section below for more information on participation. See Welcome to Silver for those who are starting to work on Silver.
Silver Design Plan
- Goals for Designing Silver
- Design Plan for Silver
- Progress Updates (2017)
- Major Milestones for Silver
- Stakeholder Submissions (no longer current or updated)
- Stakeholder Roles and Activities (opens in Google Sheets)
- Stakeholder Job Stories
The Silver Research on the structure of Silver is complete. We have not started active research projects on the content of Silver, although research projects are welcome.
- Research Summary - an external slide deck.
- Research Questions
- Research Projects (information for researchers)
- Past Research Projects (archive)
- Original Research Timeline (archive)
- Literature Review (archive)
- Interview Project (archive)
Silver Design Sprint
- Report of the CSUN Design Sprint. Comments can be left at the condensed version of the Design Sprint Report Suggestions, or by email to the Silver email list
- Silver Design Sprint March 2018
- Design Sprint Participants
- Silver Design Sprint Proposal (for archival purposes)
- Problem Statements
- Job Stories for Stakeholders
Silver Prototyping and User Testing
This is an active list of the most recent prototypes. The prototypes have not been combined yet into one. The Silver Requirements is not a prototype, but fits well here.
- Silver Requirements draft (has not been updated since July, but is current Requirements draft)
- Information Architecture
- Information Architecture template for testing the functionality of the Information Architecture prototype.
- [https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQTeTyH3FQZ-qkt-UsyoePHV_joN_nDJy5CsMvit4GjKnbw9zsZljvGG-kU2ZTRP6bUEVJmdIWGc_PX/pub Example of Language of page guidance moved to the Information Architecture prototype. It includes a proof-of-concept example of the process of writing guidance from User Needs -> Tests -> Methods -> Guideline.
- Information Architecture: Tagging Ideas
- Mike Crabb's working prototype
- An draft of Silver Conformance that pulls together the disparate discussions and work in smaller groups. It is still very much under development, but it gives the most comprehensive overview.
- Heuristics for Silver Conformance is a proposal for including usability testing in Silver Conformance.
- Methods Prototype for Language of the Page. This is a prototype of how a guideline can be designed starting from the user need -> tests -> methods -> guideline. It uses tests developed by the W3C Auto-WCAG Community Group using test rule standards developed by the Accessibility Conformance Testing Task Force.
- Conformance Proposal (last updated 10 August)
- Conformance: Examples of how Silver Conformance can work - brainstorming document with a lot of rough edges
- Conformance: How to determine the points in the point system A document experimenting with how Silver could develop the point system in a transparent manner. It takes existing WCAG 2.1 SCs and plays around with different formulas and criteria for weighting the scoring. It is NOT intended for users to score their product.
- Plain Language Prototype 2 - (Github) a tabbed display of normative guidance in plain language with informative information. The information in the prior Google doc is being used to fill this tabbed HTML document.
- Silver Style Guide draft
- Plain Language Template for drafting existing accessibility guidance into Silver.
- Plain Language Prototype a Google doc with public comments. It has the text for plain language for 4 existing WCAG 2.1 success criteria and compares it to existing WCAG 2.1 structure.
- Mockup of Silver design a Google drawing with public comments. It is a rough sketch describing how the Silver guidance could be integrated and displayed to make it easier to find and understand information on individual guidance.
- Silver plain language prototype - a Google doc with public comments with guidance in a new structure that combines normative success criteria with informative information building on the WCAG Understanding documents.
- Creating a Meaningful Involvement Prototype for WCAG Silver - a Google Slide presentation to OCAD Inclusive Design Center about involving more people with disabilities in creating products.
Editor's Draft Prototype
- View of Silver as a W3C Editor's Draft. This is a mockup and is not based on live data.
Contributing to Prototypes
Note: While prototypes were originally created in Github, accessibility issues with Github made it more useful to allow participants to create prototypes using the tools most accessible to them. You can submit prototypes using whatever tool is most suitable. Please make sure that whatever you send does not require purchase of third-party software.
- Invitation: Contribute ideas to Silver blog post
- Project Plan to get to a First Public Editors Draft in Q4 2018.
- Listing of prototypes in the Github Repository - for those who wish to read or review the prototypes
- Silver Github Repository - for those who wish to contribute prototypes
- For Help with Github:
The Silver group is not currently working on content. These documents are placeholders for capturing ideas that we don't want to lose. Feel free to add your thoughts. We anticipate content writing to start in Q1 2019.
- Potential Guidelines in Silver
- Disabilities for Inclusion
- WCAG 2.1 success criteria proposals deferred to Silver
How to Participate
Conference Call Information
- IRC channel: #silver W3C web IRC
For security reasons, we can no longer keep the conference call information in a public space. If you cannot see the page and wish to participate in the meeting please join the Silver Community Group. If there is a problem getting onto the call, email Shawn and Jeanne.
- WebEx for Meeting Tuesdays at 9:30 ET (14:30 UTC) for 60 minutes
- WebEx for Meeting Fridays at 2:00PM ET (19:00 UTC) for a 60 minute working meeting
W3C default time zone is US Eastern Time. There are several weeks in the spring and fall when the US changes to daylight saving time before other parts of the world. In that case, the US Eastern Time is used as the base time zone. Check the World Clock Meeting Planner to determine the time in UTC and other timezones.
Please note that the WebEx can call you, so that you do not incur long distance charges (cell minutes may still apply). You can select Call Me from the Audio options and enter the phone number you wish WebEx to call. This also works for international calls.
- IRC channel: #silver W3C web IRC
Meeting Minutes and Reports
- Updates to the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
- Minutes of Silver Task Force Teleconferences & Meetings
- 2019 CSUN F2F Meeting 11 & 12 March 2019, Anaheim, CA, USA