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Call for Participation in Colour blindness accessibility Community Group

The Colour blindness accessibility Community Group has been launched:

The aim of our project is to build new HTML5 specifications that can be used later by developers who wish to create more accessible websites for colour-blind people. The goal is that the specifications, that we are going to suggest, will one day become a standard of HTML5.

According to the WHO, 246 millions of people worldwide suffer from colour blindness. Just like everyone else, colour-blind people use the Internet for professional and private purposes. However, they often encounter problems. Our challenge is to improve their situation by providing easy-to-use HTML5 specifications to developers.

To understand, define and bring solutions to colour-blind people who interact with web interfaces, we are going to conduct user tests with them based on the eye tracking technology. This will allow us to define a corpus of usability rules, according to the level of deficiency of the colour-blind persons. These rules will help us to develop solutions, validate them with other user tests and later develop HTML5 specifications that can be used in CSS.

The challenge is not only helping developers with easy-to-use HTML5 markups, but also make them aware of the situation and together build a better Internet with more accessible websites.

Feel free to join this group if you:

* are suffering from colour-blindness
* or have field experience developing accessibility solutions for the colour-blind or other visual impairment
* or have experience working with a previous submission to the W3C.

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

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2014-11-24 by Rémy Saint Cricq. The following people supported its creation: Rémy Saint Cricq, Doug Schepers, Anna Nowak, Alexandre Plennevaux, Benoît Vanderose. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

The group must now choose a chair. Read more about how to get started in a new group and good practice for running a group.

We invite you to share news of this new group in social media and other channels.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please email us at

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team

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