Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) 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.
- WAI Interest Group (WAI IG)
WAI IG is a public group with a mailing list for general discussion on Web accessibility.
- Web Content Working Group (WCAG WG)
WCAG WG develops guidelines, techniques, and supporting resources for Web "content" - which is the information in a Web site, including text, images, forms, sounds, and such.
- Evaluation Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
ERT WG develops techniques and tools for evaluating accessibility of Web sites, and for retrofitting Web sites to be more accessible.
- Implementation Plan for Web Accessibility
Outlines considerations for planning a process for implementing accessibility. Links to:
- Developing Web Accessibility Training and Presentations
Provides resources to help develop Web accessibility training and presentations.
Finding Evaluation Tools
Web accessibility evaluation tools are software programs or online services that help determine if a Web site meets accessibility guidelines. While Web accessibility evaluation tools can significantly reduce the time and effort to evaluate Web sites, no tool can automatically determine the accessibility of Web sites.
The W3C WAI list of Web accessibility evaluation tools is available through:
- Complete List - to show all tools in the list maintained by WAI
- Simple Search - to find tools using common search criteria
- Advanced Search - to find tools using detailed search criteria
W3C does not endorse specific vendor products. Inclusion of products in this reference list does not indicate endorsement by W3C. Products and search criteria are listed with no quality rating. Information in this database (including the search criteria) reflects claims made by tool developers, vendors, or users; and it can change at any time. W3C does not verify the accuracy of these claims. The list is not a review of evaluation tools, nor a complete or definitive listing of all tools.
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