Translating WAI Resources

Thank you for your interest in translating resources from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Translation Instructions


Translator background — we prefer translators to be:

To avoid overlapping work:

If you want to translate a WAI resource:

If you want to volunteer to review a translation:

We encourage you to keep up on related translations work by subscribing to the WAI Translations mailing list.

Important notes

Translation Agreement

By submitting a translation, you agree:


Translations will be reviewed before they are published.

This policy is based on Internationalization Links, which provides some background.

Translations can include:

Cannot include:

Updating Resources

When the English version of a resource is updated, we will inform translators what has changed, and request that translators update their translation. If original translators do not respond before we need the update, we will invite others to update the translation.

In some cases, we will add the updated English to the translation while awaiting an update. If the changes are substantive, the translation may be removed until an updated version is provided.

W3C Translations Information

More information is available in W3C Translations and in W3C Intellectual Rights FAQ, particularly under the questions starting with can I translate one of your specifications into another language?

WAI Translations Mailing List

You can see past messages from the WAI Translations List Archives.

There is also a broader W3C Translators list. To subscribe: e-mail to with subject: subscribe, archive: W3C Translators List Archives.

TR & Authorized W3C Translations

Web pages at URIs that begin with (for “Technical Report”) follow a different process described in W3C Translations.

Most translations are informative and unofficial. In cases where standards translations are meant for official purposes, they may be developed as Authorized W3C Translations according to the Policy for Authorized W3C Translations. Generally only completed W3C Recommendations and Working Group Notes are candidates for Authorized W3C Translations, including the WAI guidelines. The authorized translations policy is designed to ensure transparency and community accountability in the development of authorized translations under the oversight of W3C.

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