WAI-ARIA 1.0 is Proposed Recommendation

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The W3C WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) announces Proposed Recommendation publications of:
  - Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0
  - WAI-ARIA 1.0 User Agent Implementation Guide

*About WAI-ARIA*

WAI-ARIA defines a way to make web content, particularly web applications, more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies. It is introduced in the *WAI-ARIA Overview* at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/aria>.

WAI-ARIA works with existing web content technologies, such as HTML, and provides a way to apply the requirements of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 for rich web applications. Accessibility standards developed by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) are listed in WAI Guidelines and Techniques at: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/guid-tech.html>.

The WAI-ARIA User Agent Implementation Guide is for developers of web browsers and other user agents. It describes how user agents should support WAI-ARIA; specifically, how to expose WAI-ARIA features to platform accessibility APIs (application programming interfaces).

*Proposed Recommendation, Implementations, Comments*

Proposed Recommendation is published when there are implementations of each feature of the specification and it is ready for W3C Membership for endorsement. Proposed Recommendation and other document stages are introduced in How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process>.

The WAI-ARIA 1.0 Implementation report is available at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ARIA/1.0/CR/implementation-report>

Please submit comments to the publicly-archived e-mail:
       by *7 March 2014*


WAI-ARIA 1.0 is is expected to progress to a completed W3C Recommendation in 2014. At the same time, the PFWG is working on a few changes for WAI-ARIA 1.1, and considering more changes for WAI-ARIA 2.0. The in-progress updates to WAI-ARIA 1.1 are available in an Editors' Draft at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria-1.1/>

The status of WAI-ARIA versions is updated in the WAI-ARIA FAQ at <http://www.w3.org/WAI/aria/faq#status>

About the URIs:
The first URIs above go to the latest versions of the documents. The "dated" versions of these Proposed Recommendations are: <http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/PR-wai-aria-20140206/> and <http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/PR-wai-aria-implementation-20140206/> .
The difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/linking>

Please let us know if you have any questions.
Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.

Shawn Henry, WAI Outreach
Janina Sajka, PFWG Chair
Michael Cooper, W3C Staff Contact

Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/

Received on Thursday, 6 February 2014 15:25:09 UTC