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.
- (28 June 2018) Silver presentation at #a11yTO
- (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
- (23 March 2018) CSUN AT Conference presentation on Re-imagining Accessibility Guidelines was given by Lauriat, Spellman, and moderated by Asuncion. Lauriat and Spellman presented an overview of the Silver project, the Problem Statements addressed by the Design Sprint and a brief preliminary overview of some of the ideas and solutions from the Design Sprint. The Design Sprint Final Report is scheduled to be complete on 16 April 2018.
- (19-20 March 2018) Silver Design Sprint held at San Diego State University. The Sprint was attended by 27 prominent thought leaders across the digital accessibility field, who were asked to brainstorm and develop solutions to the 11 Problem Statements identified from the Silver research.
- (16 March 2018) Summary of Silver Research - Google Slides
- (27 February 2018) Stakeholder Job Stories draft was published by the Silver Community Group.
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 is partnering 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 Task Force 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.
Silver Design Plan
- Stakeholder Submissions (no longer current or updated)
- Stakeholder Roles and Activities (opens in Google Sheets)
- Stakeholder Job Stories
- Research Projects (information for researchers)
- Research Questions
- Active Research Projects
- Original Research Timeline (out of date)
- Literature Review
- Interview Project
- Research Summary - an external slide deck.
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 work is just beginning. Links will be added here as the public is invited to participate in creating prototypes and user testing of prototypes.
- Project Plan to get to a First Public Working Draft in Q4 2018.
- Silver Github Repository
- Mastering Github with a Screen Reader by Birkir Gunnarsson
- Git & Github: An Introduction Training Video by Eric Eggert
- Updates to the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group
- Minutes of Silver Task Force Teleconferences & Meetings
- 12 and 13 December 2016 Face to Face meeting
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
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