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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.
- 1 News
- 2 What is Silver?
- 3 Silver Design Plan
- 4 Silver Stakeholders
- 5 Silver Research
- 6 Silver Design Sprint
- 7 Silver Requirements
- 8 Silver Prototypes
- 9 Silver Content
- 10 Meetings
- (13 March 2018) Presentation at CSUN Assistive Technology Conference on "Future of Accessibility Guidelines for Web and ICT"
- (12 March 2018) Silver Community Group met Face to Face (F2F) at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim, CA.
- The Silver group presented the second phase of Silver Requirements and the Silver Status Update 1Q 2019 to the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AGWG).
- The Silver group gave a similar status presentation to the Education and Outreach Working Group and held a small group meeting with members of EOWG to work on a live example of using Plain Language for WCAG 2.1 guidance.
- The group worked on project planning and WCAG Content Migration strategy.
- See the meeting minutes for details.
- Thank you to Pearson for donating the AV and food, and to the CSUN conference for donating the space.
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
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 Research Archive - links to Research Results, original research questions, lists of projects, and planning materials
Silver Design Sprint
- Report of the CSUN Design Sprint. All the details and materials from the Design Sprint.
- Design Sprint Report Suggestions - Findings section of the Design Sprint report.
- Design Sprint Participants
- Silver Requirements draft (due to a bug in a W3C bot, it may not have the correct date)
- March Survey results with comments by members of AGWG. This is probably not of interest to people outside of Silver and AGWG, but we've been using the link a lot in the last few weeks and we needed a convenient place to put it.
- April Survey results with comments from AGWG
This is an active list of the most recent prototypes. See the Silver Prototype Archive for older versions of these prototypes and related links, including links to the Silver Google Drive folders.
- 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.
- Information Architecture: Tagging Ideas
- Silver Conformance Design (May 2019) gives an overview of the current status of the Conformance Prototype and a list of issues to be resolved.
- An Draft of Silver Conformance that pulls together the disparate discussions and work in smaller groups. It is still very much under development (messy), but it gives the most detailed description of the various proposals and their advantages and disadvantages.
- Heuristics for Silver Conformance is a proposal for including usability testing in Silver Conformance.
- Measurement Resources is a listing of recommend articles around scoring and conformance.
- Audiences for Plain Language (draft)
- Plain Language Prototype - (Github) This prototype is a tabbed display of normative guidance in (mostly) plain language with informative information. This prototype is oriented toward the outline and presentation of information than the actual plain language. The person who drafted this prototype is not trained in plain language.
- Silver Style Guide draft
- Plain Language Template for drafting existing accessibility guidance into Silver.
- Creating a Meaningful Involvement Prototype for WCAG Silver - a Google Slide presentation to OCAD University 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 early mock-up 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. Contributing to Silver Help articles
The Silver group is just starting to work on content. We anticipate content writing to start in Q1 2019 and prioritize migrating existing WCAG 2.1 content throughout 2019. We want to include some new guidance to test our structure, but do not plan to focus on writing new content until 2020.
- WCAG to Silver Migration Outline Map (working doc)
- Template for Silver Content
- Silver Style Guide
- Silver Project Plan (working doc)
- Google drive folder with drafts of Silver content
These documents are placeholders for capturing ideas that we don't want to lose. Feel free to add your thoughts.
- Potential Guidelines in Silver
- Disabilities for Inclusion
- WCAG 2.1 success criteria proposals deferred to Silver
- Low Vision User Requirements
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