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Chapter 6. Accessibility > The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

6.1. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), which aims to make the Web universally accessible. The WAI ensures that web technologies such as HTML and CSS support accessibility and promotes education and research to see that the standards are understood and followed.

In addition to overseeing the development of web technologies, the WAI has created recommendation documents that address three key audiences. First, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines recommendation provides rules and techniques for web designers and authors on how to create content that is as accessible as possible. This chapter focuses primarily on these efforts. The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines speaks to software developers making web authoring tools. Tools should make it easy to create standards-compliant content, as well as being accessible themselves. And third, the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines are for developers of browsing devices, from standard desktop graphical browsers to specialized assistive technologies.


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