Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 Recommendation

Recently, the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group published “Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0, a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation that serves as an update to ATAG 1.0.

These guidelines focus both on improving the accessibility of web content authoring tools for authors with disabilities (Part A), as well as ensuring that the content produced by authors is more accessible (Part B). It includes principles behind the guidelines’ organization, as well as specific guidelines and criteria related to this area of ICT accessibility.

ATAG 2.0 is aimed at those who develop authoring tools, including those who design content management systems, blog s and social networking sites, and software for conversion to web content, among others. Furthermore, ATAG helps those choosing web development tools for their own projects who wish to inspire others to make more accessible web authoring choices such as policymakers and managers.

This is currently a W3C Recommendation , meaning it is a finished standard that has been approved and edited by the public and Members.

To read ATAG 2.0 in full, click here.

The related Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) can be found here and here. In its Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report, ITU recommends that governments developing their own web accessibility policies use the WCAG 2.0 standard. For more information see the web accessibility policy framework module of this model policy.

To learn more about participating in W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative click here.

Source: GAATES Global Accessibility News, W3C