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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.


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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

Silver Stakeholders

Silver Research

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.

Silver Design Sprint

Silver Prototyping and User Testing

Current Prototypes

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

Information Architecture


Inactive Conformance links for archival purposes

Plain Language

  1. 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.
  2. Silver Style Guide draft
  3. Plain Language Template for drafting existing accessibility guidance into Silver.
Inactive Plain Language links for Archive
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Meaningful Involvement

Editor's Draft Prototype

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.

Silver Content

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.


How to Participate

Conference Call Information

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.

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

Meeting Minutes and Reports

Archived Face to Face Meeting information