Authoring Tools Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 is a technical standard designed by the W3C to support developers in the creation of authoring tools. The current ATAG 2.0 release is in its final draft, with a release date expected later this year. The upcoming standard has been designed to complement WCAG 2.0 and is split into two parts:

  • Part A: Make the authoring tool user interface accessible; and
  • Part B: Support the production of accessible content.

Part A focuses on ensuring that people with disabilities are able to effectively use an authoring tool, while Part B focuses on ensuring that content or applications created by an authoring tool meet accessibility standards and incorporate accessibility features.

The Part A guidelines are as follows:

  • Principle A.1: Authoring tool user interfaces must follow applicable accessibility guidelines
  • Principle A.2: Editing views must be perceivable
  • Principle A.3: Editing views must be operable
  • Principle A.4: Editing views must be understandable

The Part B guidelines are as follows:

  • Principle B.1: Production of accessible content must be enabled
  • Principle B.2: Authors must be supported in the production of accessible content
  • Principle B.3: Accessibility solutions must be promoted and integrated

For more information, please refer to the the overview of ATAG from the W3C.