What is the ATAG
(Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines)?

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0

Provide comprehensive accessibility regulations and standards for creating web content authoring tools.

These guidelines show ways to create tools that are both, increasingly accessible to authors with disabilities and that are designed to help and promote the formation of more web accessibility content by authors utilizing said tools.

Authoring tools can open up, promote, and aid users in the creation of accessible web content through expected standards, designs, prompts, alerts, Q&A and repair functions, help files, and other automated and self-assist capabilities.

Of importance to note: all people should be able to author content (ATAG) and everyone should have access to content (WCAG 2.1).

The tools used to create this content are required to be accessible.

The implementation and proper execution of these guidelines will no doubt add to the proliferation of web content that can be read by a broader range of readers and authoring tools that can be used by a broader range of authors.

Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines remain relevant for the following:

  1. Tools that convert documents into web formats (e.g., DOCX to HTML converters);

  2. Tools for layout design and formatting (e.g., CSS authoring tools).

  3. Tools for website management, including CMS platforms and website publishing tools (e.g., WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace);

  4. Tools that produce multimedia that is used on the web (e.g., video editors);

  5. Tools that save content in web formats (e.g., word processors or desktop publishing apps);

  6. Tools designed to produce web content (e.g., WYSIWYG HTML and XML editors);
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