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Accessibility Dependencies of the Successor to HTML 4.01

This document accurately reflects the acknowledged Accessibility Dependencies of HTMLx]].

Why Is Accessibility So Important?

In 2004, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Research, Inc. to conduct a study of adult computer users in the United States. The study found:

  • 1 in 4 users has a vision difficulty
  • 1 in 4 users has a dexterity difficulty
  • 1 in 5 users has a hearing difficulty
  • 16% of users have a cognitive difficulty or impairment; and
  • 3% of users have a speech difficulty or impairment

Why Does the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Exist?

Tim Berners-Lee has repeatedly stated that the World Wide Web Consortium's commitment to "lead the Web to its full potential" includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops its work through W3C's consensus-based process, involving different stakeholders in Web accessibility. These include industry, disability organizations, government, accessibility research organizations, and more. The WAI also produces W3C Technical Recommendations, which all other W3C activities are supposed to consider and treat as dependencies.

Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Technical Recommendations

W3C Notes on Accessibility as Pertains to HTML

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, the materials below have been developed by, and maintained by, the Education & Outreach Working Group (EOWG)

Lessons Learned from HTML 4x

Other W3C Technical Recommendations Capable of Enhancing Accessibility

Related Issues & Resources


May 2007

July 2007

Thread: WAI-ARIA and HTML5

*Opening thoughts on WAI-ARIA and HTML5 - Al Gilman, chair of the Protocols and Formats WG (18 July 2007)
    *Henri Sivonen (19 July 2007)

Note: While this list has not been officially generated by, nor officially reviewed by any of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Activity's working groups, it accurately reflects the acknowledged Accessibility Dependencies of HTMLx.