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5 November 2021

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has recently published the First Public Working Draft of the Note Accessibility of Remote Meetings.

The impact of COVID-19 has substantially increased the use of remote meeting platforms. With the rapid shift to remote meeting platforms, there has been little formalized guidance on how to ensure that remote meetings are accessible.

The draft is sectioned for different groups of audience and covers the need for remote meeting platforms to follow the accessibility standards in their development and ensure that contents used is accessible to all participants.

With the Research Questions Task Force (RQTF) of the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group, the draft aims to find the best way to support different audience while ensuring the guidance is linked back to the relevant W3C standards, where applicable.

Furthermore, the Note covers the W3C guidance relevant to platform development and selection that were covered in the past Notes:

  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
  • User Agent Accessibility Guidelines
  • Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines
  • Real-Time Communication Accessibility User Requirements ( RAUR)
  • XR Accessibility User Requirements (XAUR)

Dr Scott Hollier, CEO of CFA Australia, is the lead editor/author for the document. Dr Hollier stated “it’s great to see this work develop into its first public draft, and I’d like to acknowledge the great work of my RQTF colleagues who have worked so hard on this to ensure that remote meetings are accessible at every level.”

To read the first public working draft of the document, visit the W3C page.

For more context and to learn more about the document and information, visit the W3C blog post.

For in-progress updates to the document, visit the Editor’s Draft version on the W3C page.

Reviews and comments on the First Public Working Draft are encouraged. To comment, open a new issue in the APA GitHub repository. Comments close on 14 December 2021.
If GitHub is not feasible, send comments in e-mail to public-apa@w3.org.