Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group

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The mission of the Accessible Platform Architectures Working Group (APA WG) is to ensure W3C specifications provide support for accessibility to people with disabilities. The group advances this mission through review of W3C specifications, development of technical support materials, collaboration with other Working Groups, and coordination of harmonized accessibility strategies within W3C.


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Current Work

The APA WG is engaged on the following work:

The APA Project Plan details intended timeline and milestones for this work.

Horizontal Review

The APA Working Group performs accessibility horizontal review of other technologies under development by W3C. Documents reviewed from 2015 to present are shown in the Specification Review list. Active reviews under way are shown in the Accessibility Review Comment Tracker. The group also reviews charters of groups to check that deliverables and liaisons reflect accessibility needs.

To request review of a GitHub issue from the APA, add the "a11y-tracker" label to the issue. If the APA files an issue or agrees to comment on an issue, the label will be changed to "a11y-needs-resolution". To request review outside of a GitHub issue context, send email to

Task Forces

The APA WG uses task forces to focus work on specific projects. Task Forces are described on the related page.

How to Comment, Contribute, and Participate

The APA Working Group engages with stakeholders in a variety of ways. See the following resources for information on:

Meetings and Communication

The APA WG conducts its work using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous tools. The communication page provides details about:

These tools are used by participants of the Working Group. For ways non-participants can contribute, see how to contribute to the Working Group and file comments.

Administrative Information

Work of the APA WG is in accordance with the W3C Process. APA work is funded in part by the WAI Core 2015 Project. The work of this group does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funders.

The chairs of the APA WG, responsible for overall leadership and management, are Becky Gibson and Janina Sajka. The staff contact, responsible for W3C Process and general support, is Michael Cooper. Administrative inquiries may be sent to

The Accessible Platform Architectures maintains the following operational resources:

W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent.

Current participants in the APA WG.

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