Call for Review: WAI-ARIA Graphics Module First Public Working Draft

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The W3C WAI Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA 
WG) and the SVG Working Group invite you to comment on a First Public 
Working Draft of WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0:

**About WAI-ARIA Graphics Module*:*

This specification defines a WAI-ARIA module of core roles, and 
potentially states and properties, specific to web graphics. These 
semantics allow an author to express the logical structure of the 
graphic to assistive technologies. Assistive technologies could then 
enable semantic navigation and adapt styling and interactive features, 
to provide an optimal experience for the audience. These features 
complement the graphics and document structure elements defined by HTML 
5 and SVG 2.

More information about this publication is available in the blog post:


WAI-ARIA Graphics Module is a Working Draft and subject to change. 
Eventually it is expected to advance to Recommendation. The stages of 
specification development are explained in How WAI Develops 
Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process at: 
<>. The in-progress updates to 
WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 are available in an Editors' Draft at 

**For review*:*

This first version of the WAI-ARIA Graphics Module proposes three new 
ARIA roles which will provide the foundation for a structured, semantic 
approach to graphical content. The new roles would allow authors to 
identify content as a complex graphic, a section of a graphics document 
as a meaningful object, or identify an image or graphic as a standard 
symbolic representation.


Please submit comments the the publicly-archived e-mail:
or file an issue in GitHub:, using the "graphics" label in 
the issue
by *15 January 2016*

The first URIs above go to the latest versions of the document. The 
"dated" versions of this draft is: 
<> . The 
difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking 
to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at: 

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

Rich Schwerdtfeger, SVG Accessibility Task Force Facilitator,
Fred Esch, SVG Accessibility Task Force Facilitator,
Michael Cooper, ARIA W3C Staff Contact

Received on Thursday, 3 December 2015 13:20:51 UTC