Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Working Group

The mission of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA WG) is to develop technologies that enhance accessibility of web content for people with disabilities. This includes continued development of the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) suite of technologies and other technical specifications when needed to bridge known gaps.


2019-12-14 - ARIA 1.2 Wide Review: Wide review drafts of ARIA 1.2, Core Accessibility API Mappings 1.2, and WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices 1.2 have been published. This is expected to be the final draft before advancing to Candidate Recommendation. Please submit comments by 31 January 2020.

Current Work

The Working Group has established a road map for upcoming work. This road map is executed via publications and status, which include:

  • WAI-ARIA 1.1,
  • WAI-ARIA 1.1 modules for Digital Publishing and Graphics,
  • Accessibility API Mappings for ARIA, Digital Publishing, HTML, and SVG, and
  • WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices.

The ARIA Project Plan details intended timeline and milestones for this work and proceeds according to the ARIA Working Group Work Flow.

Task Forces

The ARIA WG uses task forces to focus work on specific projects. Current task forces include:

  • ARIA Authoring Practices sub-group: focuses on ARIA Authoring Practices.
  • CSS Accessibility Task Force; focuses on accessibility of CSS, ARIA role is to explore ARIA and accessibility API mapping features.

How to Comment, Contribute, and Participate

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

Meetings and Communication

The ARIA 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 ARIA WG is in accordance with the W3C Process. ARIA WG 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 ARIA WG, responsible for overall leadership and management, are Joanmarie Diggs and James Nurthen. The staff contact, responsible for W3C Process and general support, is Michael Cooper.

The Accessible Rich Internet 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 ARIA WG.

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