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Automated WCAG Monitoring Community Group

Creating (semi-)automated tests for WCAG is key to affordable, large scale research. The tests are designed in a way that they are useable by people with a variety of skills. The results too should be informative, not just to developers, but to website managers, policy makers and disability advocates and others. The objective of this community is to create and maintain tests that can be implemented in large scale monitoring tools for web accessibility. These tests will be either automated, or semi-automated, in which tools assist non-expert users to evaluate web accessibility. By comparing the test results with results from expert accessibility evaluators, we aim to track the accuracy of the tests we've developed. This allows for an iterative improvement and adjustment of the tests as web development practices change and evolve. It also provides the statistical bases on which large scale accessibility monitoring and benchmarking can be built. This group will not publish specifications.

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WCAG-EM Report Tool: Website Accessibility Evaluation Report Generator

Last week the first version of the WCAG-EM Report Tool: Website Accessibility Evaluation Report Generator was published. This tool is developed by the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG). The tool helps to generate website accessibility evaluation reports according to Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM). The tool guides you through the steps of WCAG-EM to create a structured evaluation report.

The WCAG-EM Report Tool project is closely related with the work of the Automated WCAG Monitoring community group. Both project groups are working on the development of supporting tools for testing websites on accessibility. Where the Auto-WCAG group focuses on the development of (semi-)automated tests for WCAG, the Report tool focuses on the creation of the evaluation reports.

Learn more about the WCAG-EM Report Tool.

Call for Participation in Automated WCAG Monitoring Community Group

The Automated WCAG Monitoring Community Group has been launched:


Creating (semi-)automated tests for WCAG is key to affordable, large scale research. The tests are designed in a way that they are useable by people with a variety of skills. The results too should be informative, not just to developers, but to website managers, policy makers and disability advocates and others.

The objective of this community is to create and maintain tests that can be implemented in large scale monitoring tools for web accessibility. These tests will be either automated, or semi-automated, in which tools assist non-expert users to evaluate web accessibility. By comparing the test results with results from expert accessibility evaluators, we aim to track the accuracy of the tests we’ve developed. This allows for an iterative improvement and adjustment of the tests as web development practices change and evolve. It also provides the statistical bases on which large scale accessibility monitoring and benchmarking can be built.

This group will not publish specifications.


In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2014-05-08 by Wilco Fiers. The following people supported its creation: Wilco Fiers, Annika Nietzio, Jeroen Hulscher, Raph de Rooij, Anand Balachandran Pillai. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of its activities.

The group now has access to W3C-hosted services for email, blog, wikis, irc, tracking tools, and more. Read more about tools and services available by default and upon request.

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