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XML Accessibility Guidelines

[on behalf of Daniel Dardailler, danield@w3.org]


The W3C WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) invites review
and comments on the XML Accessibility Guidelines first public working

Published at:

Dated version at:

See the review process details in the document status (reproduced



This document explains how to design accessible applications using
XML, the Extensible Markup Language. Compared to the HTML or MathML
languages, XML is one level up: it is a meta syntax used to describe
these languages, as well as new ones. As a meta syntax, XML provides
no intrinsic guarantee of device independence or textual alternate
support. It is essential, therefore, that XML formats and tools
designers are provided with guidelines that explain how to include
basic accessibility features - such as those present in HTML, SMIL,
and SVG - in all their new developments.

Status of this document

This document is a Working Draft made available by the WAI Protocols
and Formats Working Group (PFWG), for review by W3C members and other
interested parties. The PF group operates as part of the WAI Technical

Depending on the feedback received, this document may become a W3C
Note, be integrated in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines suite
(e.g as a technique for XML) or enter its own Recommendation track.

Please send comments about the content of this document and how you
would like to see it evolving to the publicly archived mailing list:
Comments on this version can be sent until September 31th, 2001. Send
minor editorial comments directly to the editors.

Publication of this document does not imply endorsement by the W3C,
its membership or its staff. This is a draft document and may be
updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is
inappropriate to use W3C Working Drafts as reference material or to
cite them as other than "work in progress". A list of current W3C
technical reports and publications, including working drafts and
notes, can be found at http://www.w3.org/TR/.