Web Accessibility Initiative

Web Accessibility Initiative

Making the Web Accessible

Strategies, standards, and supporting resources to help you make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities.


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops international standards for the Web: HTML, CSS, and many more.


The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops standards and support materials to help you understand and implement accessibility.


You can use W3C WAI resources to make your websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone.


Current Work

(updated monthly)

See What We’re Working On – Accessibility Activities and Publications

Updated Resource: Content Author Modules in Curricula on Web Accessibility


Curricula on Web Accessibility now has new content author modules. This curricula provides a framework for creating courses on digital accessibility, for including accessibility in other courses, and for reviewing and comparing existing and proposed courses. The September 2022 publication adds new content author modules. These modules focus on teaching accessibility to writers, editors, content creators, and content publishers.

New Resource: Accessibility Course List


Course List – Digital Accessibility Education, Training, and Certification includes publicly-available courses around the world. We expect to add more courses in the coming weeks. We invite course providers to submit your courses. We may also revise the user interface based on additional user feedback. Please send any comments by 17 October 2022.

Call for Implementations: WCAG 2.2 Candidate Recommendation


WCAG 2.2 is now officially a ‘Candidate Recommendation’. We’re seeking examples of how the new ‘success criteria’ are implemented in websites and web apps. We plan to publish the finalized WCAG 2.2 in December 2022. Please see status and updates in What’s New in WCAG 2.2 Draft. Please submit implementations and any comments by 4 October 2022.

For Review: Accessibility Maturity Model – Group Draft Note


The Accessibility Maturity Model Draft Note is available for review and comment. The document is designed to help organizations track and improve the accessibility of their products, services, and internal support of people with disabilities. For more information, see the blog post that addresses “Why Does Accessibility Need a Maturity Model?“. Please submit any comments by 16 October 2022.

Accessibility of Remote Meetings – Note Published


Making Events Accessible:
Checklist for meetings, conferences, training, and presentations that are remote/virtual, in-person, or hybrid
now has a more detailed companion resource: Accessibility of Remote Meetings. Accessibility of Remote Meetings provides guidance on selecting an accessible remote meeting platform and creating accessible remote meeting platforms. It addresses issues for hosting and participating in remote meetings and hybrid meetings.

Multimedia Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements – Note Published


Synchronization Accessibility User Requirements (“SAUR”) describes accessibility-related user needs and requirements for audio and visual media synchronization. It covers synchronization of captions, sign language interpretation, and description. The requirements are applicable to multimedia content in general, as well as to real-time communication applications and to media in immersive environments.

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Training Course:
Digital Accessibility Foundations

The free “Introduction to Web Accessibility” online course provides the foundation you need to make your digital technology accessible. It’s designed for:

  • technical and non-technical learners
  • developers, designers, ux, writers, managers, advocates
  • professionals, instructors, students

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Web Accessibility Perspectives:
Video Captions

Captions are the audio information in text that is synchronized with the audio and visual content. Captions are called “subtitles” in some regions.

Video Captions are essential for people with disabilities and benefit everyone in a variety of situations.

This media resource helps you understand and create captions/subtitles, audio description of visual information, descriptive transcripts, and sign language for media. It introduces user experiences and benefits to organizations.

Making Audio and Video Media Accessible

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