- Second Open Meeting on 20 May 2019 in Brussels, Belgium
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- Developing an Accessibility Statement, published on 29 November 2018
- Online Symosium on ACT Rules for Manual Methodologies, on 14 March 2018
- First Open Meeting was held on 29 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
Current project results include:
- Developing an Accessibility Statement
- Includes guidance on how to develop accessibility statements for websites, mobile applications, and other digital content, as well as a free and open source accessibility statements generator tool. More information in the blog post How to Create Accessibility Statements . This is the result of project deliverable D3.1, which was developed through the W3C Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG).
- Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules
- Includes writing, reviewing, implementing, and validating “Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules”. About 30 rules were developed during the first project year, with another 25 to follow this year. This is the result of project deliverables D1.1, D1.2, and D1.3, which are continually developed through the W3C ACT Rules Community Group (previously Auto-WCAG Community Group, which has been renamed).
- Open Format for Accessibility Test Results
- Includes the definition of an open data format to express accessibility test results. It is a JSON-LD 1.0 serialization of the EARL 1.0 Schema, and is implemented by the open source Alfa and aXe Reporter accessibility testing engines. This is the result of project deliverable D2.1.
Technical project deliverables include:
- Development of Test Rules
- D1.1: Development of Test Rules — development of accessibility conformance test rules according to the ACT Rules Format 1.0 standard from W3C.
- D1.2: Implementation of Test Rules — implementation of the test rules developed by the project in at least two open source testing engines, Alfa and aXe Core.
- D1.3: Validation of Test Rules — validate and refine test rules developed by the project, to meet the requirements for authoritative ACT Rules .
- Deployment of Test Rules
- D2.1: Open Format for Test Results — develop open format built on Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) and Test Case Description Language (TCDL) .
- D2.2: Applying to Portuguese Observatory — applying the test rules and tooling developed by the project in the Portuguese national observatory .
- D2.3: Applying to Norwegian Observatory — applying the test rules and tooling developed by the project in the Norwegian national observatory .
- Integration of Test Rules
- D3.1: Accessibility Statement Generator — open source tool, to assist help create accessibility statements .
- D3.2: Extended Accessibility Report Tool — extending the WCAG-EM Report Tool with functionality to import fully- and semi-automated test results.
- D3.3: Large-Scale Test Data Browser — open source prototype, based on existing standards and tools, to browse large amounts of accessibility test results.
These deliverables are complemented by project management, dissemination, and engagement efforts.
How To Participate
Most of the project work listed above is developed through or in coordination with:
- W3C ACT Rules Community Group (previously Auto-WCAG Community Group, which has been renamed)
- Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Task Force
- Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG)
We invite participation, comments, and contributions by anyone interested. This includes reviewing drafts of these resources and actively participating in the relevant groups to help develop these resources. All project results will be provided openly on royalty-free basis, and will be linked from this page.
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About the Project
WAI-Tools, Advanced Decision Support Tools for Scalable Web Accessibility Assessments, is an Innovation Action project, co-funded by the European Commission (EC) under the Horizon 2020 program (Grant Agreement 780057). The project started on 1 November 2017 for a duration of three years. WAI-Tools drives web accessibility evaluation and repair through:
- Building on the on-going W3C efforts on WCAG Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT);
- Ensuring consistent accuracy across automated, semi-automated, and manual testing;
- Pursuing leading edge technologies testing, including dynamic and mobile applications;
- Leveraging the existing market of commercial, free, and open source evaluation tools;
- Demonstrating large-scale accessibility monitoring built on open standards and tools.
WAI-Tools achieves this by carrying out key efforts in the vendor-neutral environment of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). WAI-Tools draws together key expertise from industry, public bodies, and research to develop common understanding of web accessibility requirements.
WAI-Tools project partners include:
- Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) – as part of W3C, France
- Siteimprove , Denmark
- Deque Research , Netherlands
- Accessibility Foundation , Netherlands
- Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) , Norway
- Foundation for Science and Technology , Portugal
- University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences Association for Research and Development , Portugal