The mission of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) is to develop guidelines to make Web content accessible for people with disabilities and to develop and maintain implementation support materials for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
This mission is complementary to the work of other Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) groups.
|Start date||24 September 2015|
|End date||31 July 2018 *|
|Confidentiality||Proceedings are Public.|
|Initial Chairs||Andrew Kirkpatrick, Joshue O Connor|
|Initial Team Contacts
(FTE %: 55)
|Michael Cooper (45%)
Kenny Zhang (5%)
Eric Eggert (5%)
|Usual Meeting Schedule||Teleconferences: Weekly
Face-to-face: 1-2 per year
Activities within the WCAG WG scope of work include:
* The UAAG and ATAG Working Group charters are expected to expire in Q4 2015. The W3C plans to review options for combining content, user agents, and authoring tools under a single Working Group and expects to propose a charter to address these topics, and will at that time evaluate experience to date on development of normative extensions, and potentially propose work on new normative guidelines. If this new Working Group is formed, the WCAG Working Group could end its charter early.
The following deliverables will be published as W3C Technical Reports:
The Working Group plans to publish updated Working Group Notes of Understanding WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.0 Techniques one or more times per year. Prior to publication as updated Working Group Notes, the Working Group publishes public editors' drafts and issues a formal review request.
|Note: The group will document significant changes from this initial schedule on the group home page.|
|Specification||Public Editors' Draft||FPWD||CR||PR||Note||Rec|
|WCAG 2.0 Edited Recommendation||January 2016||April 2016|
|Understanding WCAG 2.0||January and June of each year||March and September of each year|
|WCAG 2.0 Techniques||January and June of each year||March and September of each year|
|WCAG Mobile Extension||November 2015||October 2017||January 2018||April 2018|
|Understanding WCAG Mobile Extension||November 2015||April 2018|
|WCAG Cognitive Extension||November 2015||October 2017||January 2018||April 2018|
|Understanding WCAG Cognitive Extension||November 2015||April 2018|
|Requirements for future version of WCAG||October 2016||October 2017|
A detailed plan to achieve these milestones, and known deviations from these initially chartered milestones, is documented in the WCAG WG Deliverables.
Furthermore, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group expects to follow these W3C Recommendations:
To be successful, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is expected to have 10 or more active participants, with participation where possible including representation from industry, disability communities, accessibility research and government. Effective participation to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is expected to consume 4 hours per week most weeks for each participant. Editors may contribute more time.
This group conducts its work on the publicly archived mailing list [email protected] (archive). The Working Group relies heavily on Web-Based Surveys to collect opinions prior to meetings, and makes official decisions at weekly teleconferences.
The Working Group may form task forces, which may conduct work using separate teleconferences, email lists, and other tools. At time of charter, task forces include: Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (jointly with the Accessible Platform Architectures WG), and Mobile Accessibility Task Force (jointly with the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines WG).
This group coordinates with other WAI groups to ensure a common approach to addressing accessibility requirements.
Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group home page.
At charter time, the decision policy is under review within the group in order to develop a decision process that supports greater asynchronous participation and minimize dependence on weekly teleconferences. Until completed, the Working Group decision policy is as explained in Process Document section 3.3 of the W3C Process Document.
The Working Group maintains specific procedures to establish and measure consensus and address objections in the WCAG Working Group Decision Policy.
This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.
For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.
This charter for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.
Please also see the previous charter for this group. A diff version between this charter and the previous charter is available. Primary changes in this charter:
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