ARIA Authoring Practices Task Force Work Statement


The APG Task Force was approved on 14 September 2017 and is now active. The Task Force home page contains information about the operation and resources of the group.


The mission of the APG Task Force is to develop WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices, in consultation with the ARIA Working Group. The task force provides a focused forum for this work while the Working Group continues its work on ARIA development.

Scope of Work

WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices provides web content developers with an understanding of how to use WAI-ARIA to create accessible rich internet applications. It describes considerations that might not be evident to most authors from the WAI-ARIA specification alone and recommends approaches to make widgets, navigation, and behaviors accessible using WAI-ARIA roles, states, and properties. Design patterns and working examples show what authors need to do in addition to using WAI-ARIA semantics to make content fully accessible, such as providing keyboard navigation support and using familiar widget designs.


The task force will work within the ARIA Working Group to develop and refine the APG. Development of the APG will be closely tied to the development of ARIA, but focused more on authoring perspectives. The task force will actively engage with developers in the field to ensure its guidance is understandable and useful to content developers. It will publish Working Drafts of WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices via the ARIA Working Group, and at key points will publish the APG as a W3C Working Group Note.


APG Task Force communications and discussions are visible to the public. The task force home page details communication mechanisms in use. The task force will:


Any participant in the ARIA Working Group may participate in the APG Task Force. Participants should expect to dedicate 2 to 4 hours per week for APG Task Force work, which is considered part of the overall work commitment to the ARIA Working Group:

Participants may also join APG Task Force sub-groups. Sub-groups take on specific assignments for the APG Task Force.

If you are interested in becoming a participant of the APG Task Force or have any questions regarding its work, contact the task force facilitators.

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Staff contacts from the ARIA and APA Working Groups oversee attention to W3C Process with respect to the chartered requirements of the Working Group. The Facilitators set agenda, lead meetings, determine consensus, and are the primary liaison to the Working Group.

Patent Policy

This Task Force is part of the ARIA Working Group Charter, which operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the ARIA Working Group.

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