New WAI-ARIA Working Drafts Published

WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax (also known as AJAX), HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

 WAI-ARIA Overview

For those who are unfamiliar with WAI-ARIA or W3C technical documents in general, the WAI-ARIA Overview document is a good place to start.

New WAI-ARIA Working Drafts

The following documents have been released by the W3C for public comment:

  1. Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) Version 1.0, Working Draft – a technical specification that combines the two previously-published ARIA draft specifications: WAI-ARIA Roles, and WAI-ARIA States and Properties
  2. WAI-ARIA Primer, Working Draft – a new document that provides background on accessibility issues related to JavaScript, and introduces the technical approach used in WAI-ARIA
  3. WAI-ARIA Best Practices, Working Draft – a new document that describes how Web content developers can develop accessible rich Web applications using WAI-ARIA

There are specific review questions in the “Status” section of each of the technical documents. Please send any comments on these documents to
The comment period ends 3 March 2008. The Protocols and Formats Working Group is meeting face-to-face the week of 18 February to work on the technical documents. Therefore, if possible, please send comments before 20 February 2008.

Via Shawn Lawton Henry

Categories: Development

About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Chief Accessibility Officer at TPGi. He joined TPGi in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C Web Platforms Working Group and the W3C ARIA Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including ARIA in HTML and HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility and the JAWS bug tracker/standards support.