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Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

W3C hosts the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) which aims to develop guidelines and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities. The WAI has five major areas of work:

  • ensuring that core technologies of the Web support accessibility
  • developing guidelines for Web content, user agents, and authoring tools
  • facilitating development of evaluation and repair tools for accessibility
  • conducting education and outreach
  • coordinating with research and development that can affect future accessibility of the Web

WAI publishes a series of accessibility guidelines, including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) and the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG). All of these will be discussed in greater detail shortly. Essential Components of Web Accessibility explains the relationship between the different guidelines.

Much of the content in the following sections is extracted from the WAI web site. This material is Copyright (c) 2007 World Wide Web Consortium, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, Keio University). All Rights Reserved.

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