WAI-Adapt Overview
Enabling users to adapt content presentation


WAI-Adapt specifications enable users to personalize how content is presented in order to meet their needs and preferences.

As web technology broadens in scope and reach, and understanding of users’ needs increases through research and experience, the set of accessibility considerations for websites becomes larger. Rather than developing complex solutions for a wide range of users, designing sites in a way that they can be personalized to the needs of each user provides more optimal accessibility.

WAI-Adapt enables users to use adaptive widgets and user preferences to customize their user experience. It enables content authors to provide a default design and enable user adaptation with minimal work.

Examples of WAI-Adapt to Meet User Needs

Who the WAI-Adapt Specifications are for

The WAI-Adapt Documents

Additional drafts provide information on potential future standards:

Who Develops WAI-Adapt

WAI-Adapt documents are developed by the WAI-Adapt Task Force of the Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group (APA WG), which is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). For more information about the task force, see the WAI-Adapt Task Force page.

Formal periods for public review are described in How WAI Develops Accessibility Standards through the W3C Process: Milestones and Opportunities to Contribute. To submit comments on specific WAI-Adapt documents, see the “Status of this Document” section of the resource. To get notices of opportunities for review and comment on WAI documents, see Get WAI News.

Opportunities for contributing to WAI-Adapt and other WAI work are introduced in Participating in WAI.

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