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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.


  • (6 June 2019) Silver Requirements (Phase 2) accepted by Accessibility Guidelines Working Group. Call for Consensus email.
  • (13 March 2019) Presentation at CSUN Assistive Technology Conference on "Future of Accessibility Guidelines for Web and ICT"
  • (12 March 2019) 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.

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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 Research Archive - links to Research Results, original research questions, lists of projects, and planning materials

Silver Design Sprint

Silver Design Sprint Archive

Silver Requirements

Silver Requirements Archive

Silver Prototypes

This is a dense section with many different documents and proposals. Since we have largely completed the prototype work, this has been moved to the archive to keep the main page manageable.

Silver Prototype Archive

Silver Conformance

Silver Conformance Proposals (July 2019)

Conformance & Scoring Archive (2018)

Silver Content

Currently active section. 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

Sample WCAG Success Criteria to evaluate the migration process

We are migrating 6 current WCAG 2.1 success criteria to Silver to test our process. The drafts of the 6 migrated success criteria are:

Silver Content Writing Resources

New Content for Silver

These documents are placeholders for capturing ideas that we don't want to lose. Feel free to add your thoughts.


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.

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Upcoming Face to Face Meetings

Meeting Minutes and Reports

Meeting Minute Archive