Mobile Accessibility at W3C

More than “Mobile”

“Mobile accessibility” refers to making websites and applications more accessible to people with disabilities when they are using mobile phones and other devices. WAI’s work in this area addresses accessibility issues of people using a broad range of devices to interact with the web, including:

It addresses a wide range of issues:

W3C WAI Addresses Mobile Accessibility

WAI’s accessibility standards address mobile accessibility:

W3C addresses mobile accessibility. WAI ensures that the core W3C technologies support accessibility, including those that are essential for the mobile web. All W3C work is reviewed for accessibility by WAI’s Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group (APA).

W3C work on mobile includes Mobile Web Application Best Practices and Mobile Web Best Practices. For a summary of technologies developed in W3C that increase the capabilities of web applications and how they apply specifically to the mobile context, see Standards for Web Applications on Mobile.

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If you would like to get notification of future work on mobile accessibility at W3C WAI, see Get WAI News.

Get Involved

General information is available in Participating in WAI.

Most of WAI’s work related to mobile accessibility is through the Mobile Accessibility Task Force. If you would like to be more involved in WAI’s work on mobile accessibility, please send an e-mail with information about your interests and time availability to the Task Force facilitator Jan Jaap de Groot with CC to WAI Staff (

About W3C and WAI

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. To learn more, see About W3C.

W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) brings together individuals and organizations from around the world to develop strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. To learn more, see the WAI website.

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