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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 Conformance
- 10 Silver Content
- 11 Meetings
- (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.
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
- Major Milestones for Silver
- 2019 Project Plan to start writing content and refining conformance
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 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.
- Information Architecture Archive
- Plain Language Archive
- Meaningful Involvement Archive
- View of Silver as a W3C Editor's Draft. This is a early mock-up and is not based on live data.
- How to evaluate Conformance Proposals - The process to use to evaluate the different Conformance proposals. It includes the goals for Silver Conformance.
- Folder of Pros, Cons, Risks, and Holes evaluation documents
- Silver Conformance Issues and Exceptions
Silver Conformance Proposals (July 2019)
- Current Conformance Draft (June 2019) This is the proposal developed by the Silver Group mostly in 2018. It includes how conformance fits into the Silver Information Architecture.
- Proposal to Define Scoring Parameters - a discussion of what measuring factors should be used for Silver, and a Scoring System Proposal measuring the factors.
- Scoring and Reporting Proposal - a spreadsheet of a point system scoring proposal.
- Alternate Scoring Proposal - Nov 2018 proposal for weighting points for partial conformance
- Thinking About Points
- Multiple scoring "currencies"
- Conformance Example for Images Need Alternative Text - a snippet of prototype showing how a heuristic walkthrough could be used to evaluate alternative text.
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
- WCAG to Silver Migration Map - May 2019 snapshot of the working document below
- WCAG to Silver Migration Outline Map (working doc)
- Spreadsheet outlining WCAG to Silver Migration process - a component oriented mapping of the Silver Content Writing Process to the WCAG 2.1 materials that best describe where to find the information in WCAG 2.1.
- WCAG to Silver Migration Project Status - a Google spreadsheet listing the WCAG 2.1 SC, the Silver equivalent, who is working on them, and the status of each.
- Silver Project Plan (working doc)
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:
- Color Contrast (example of new research, merging levels) and Color Contrast Discussion
- Audio description
- Alternative Text (different tests than true/false)
- Pause Stop Hide (from original plain language prototype) is also a midrange difficulty SC, but is very long - First (rough) draft ready
- Sensory Characteristics (from original plain language prototype) is midrange difficultly SC - not started
- Timing (example of merging levels) - not started
Silver Content Writing Resources
- Content Writing Process Proposal of 18 June 2019
- Content Writing Process proposal of 7 June 2019
- Template for Silver Content
- Silver Style Guide
- Google drive folder with drafts of Silver content
- Mandate 376 Functional Performance Statements - EN 301 549
New Content for Silver
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
- Potential WCAG 2.2 Success Criteria - spreadsheet from AGWG
- 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 - Content Subgroup
- WebEx for Meeting Tuesday at 7:00PM ET (23:00 UTC) for 60 minutes - Conformance Subgroup
- WebEx for Meeting Fridays at 2:00PM ET (19:00 UTC) for a 60 minute working meeting - Coordination
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