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W3C WAI provides new method to identify authoring tool accessibility

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Accessibility Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) has published a reporting tool based on its Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG).

The purpose of the ATAG report tool is to support Project managers, procurers, and others that often need to know how well potential authoring tools support accessibility. This new ATAG Report Tool helps authoring tool vendors and evaluators provide that information.

The tool is the first part of a broader approach by the EOWG to set up a list where authoring tool vendors can submit their tool, and others can look up accessibility information about authoring tools in a similar way to the existing Evaluation Tools List at https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/.

The ATAG 2.0 standard on which the reporting tool is based considers authoring tool accessibility from the perspectives of how a person with disability can use the tool (Part A) and how accessible content can be produced (Part B). Support of the reporting tool by developers will enable people with disability to make informed choices about the tools which are most likely to work for them, and ensure that content produced with the tool works with assistive technologies.

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