Call for Review: WAI-ARIA Graphics Module First Public Working Draft

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Call for Review: WAI-ARIA Graphics Module First Public Working Draft

Michael Cooper-2

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The W3C WAI Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA WG) and the SVG Working Group invite you to comment on a First Public Working Draft of WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0:

*About WAI-ARIA Graphics Module*:

This specification defines a WAI-ARIA module of core roles, and potentially states and properties, specific to web graphics. These semantics allow an author to express the logical structure of the graphic to assistive technologies. Assistive technologies could then enable semantic navigation and adapt styling and interactive features, to provide an optimal experience for the audience. These features complement the graphics and document structure elements defined by HTML 5 and SVG 2.

More information about this publication is available in the blog post:


WAI-ARIA Graphics Module is a Working Draft and subject to change. Eventually it is expected to advance to Recommendation. The stages of specification development are explained in How WAI Develops Accessibility Guidelines through the W3C Process at: <>. The in-progress updates to WAI-ARIA Graphics Module 1.0 are available in an Editors' Draft at <>.

*For review*:

This first version of the WAI-ARIA Graphics Module proposes three new ARIA roles which will provide the foundation for a structured, semantic approach to graphical content. The new roles would allow authors to identify content as a complex graphic, a section of a graphics document as a meaningful object, or identify an image or graphic as a standard symbolic representation.


Please submit comments the the publicly-archived e-mail:
   [hidden email]
or file an issue in GitHub:, using the "graphics" label in the issue
by *15 January 2016*

The first URIs above go to the latest versions of the document. The "dated" versions of this draft is: <> . The difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at: <>

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your comments.
Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.

Rich Schwerdtfeger, SVG Accessibility Task Force Facilitator,
Fred Esch, SVG Accessibility Task Force Facilitator,
Michael Cooper, ARIA W3C Staff Contact