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How WAI Develops Accessibility Standards through the W3C Process:
Milestones and Opportunities to Contribute

Introduction

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops web accessibility
guidelines, technical specifications, and educational resources to help
make the web accessible to people with disabilities. This document
introduces how WAI works through a process designed to:

  • ensure broad community input, and
  • encourage consensus development.

Page Contents

  • W3C Standards
    • Milestones
  • Other Resources
  • Get WAI News for Community Collaboration

W3C Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops web standards such as HTML, CSS, etc. WAI is part of W3C and follows the W3C Process for developing web standards.

W3C’s web standards are called W3C Recommendations. WAI has developed several W3C Recommendations, including:

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, see WCAG Overview
  • Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines, see ATAG Overview
  • User Agent Accessibility Guidelines, see UAAG Overview
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications, see WAI-ARIA Overview

[WAI Accessibility Guidelines] that are [W3C Recommendations] are
[Web Standards]

Milestones

The milestones that a W3C “technical report” goes through on its way to
becoming a W3C Recommendation are listed below.

Editor’s Drafts have no official standing, do not imply consensus of a Working Group, and are not endorsed by W3C.

  • Working Draft: Working Drafts
    are published and announced specifically to ask for review and [...]
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