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
- Principle B.4: Authoring tools must promote and integrate their accessibility features
For more information, please refer to the the overview of ATAG from the W3C.
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