W3C logoWeb Accessibility Initiative

WAI: Strategies, guidelines, resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities

WAI Guidelines and Techniques

WAI develops a series of accessibility standards and guidelines that are introduced in Essential Components of Web Accessibility and listed below:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview, WCAG 2.0
How to Meet WCAG 2.0 (Quick Reference)
Addresses the information in a Web site, including text, images, forms, sounds, and such.
Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) Overview, ATAG 2.0
Addresses software that creates Web sites.
User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) Overview, UAAG 2.0
Addresses Web browsers and media players, and relates to assistive technologies.
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) Suite Overview
Defines a way to make dynamic web content and web applications developed with Ajax, DHTML, and other Web technologies more accessible.
Independent User Interface (Indie UI)
Defines a way for user actions to be communicated to web applications.
Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) Overview
Defines a way to express Web site evaluation test results in a platform independent format.
WAI Technical Papers
Links to technical papers, including the W3C Note on Inaccessible Captcha the letters 'captcha' difficult to read on complex background and proceedings from research and development symposia.
Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents
Provides guidance on references and links, along with WCAG links for policies, tools support, and others.
How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process: Milestones and Opportunities to Contribute
Introduces how WAI works through a process designed to ensure broad community input and encourage consensus development.

See also:

illustration of how the guidelines relate, described at www.w3.org/WAI/intro/components-desc#guide