Authoring tools shall provide a mode of operation that prompts authors to create content that conforms to Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements in WCAG 2.0 for supported features and, as applicable, to file formats supported by the authoring tool.


The Authoring Tools Accessibilty Guidelines 2.0 emphasize that by guiding authors from the outset toward the creation and maintenance of accessible content, accessibility problems are mitigated and less repair effort is required.

Such prompts to create accessible content can be as simple as:

  • replacing the ability to resize text with the ability to format text as a heading level
  • including a place to add ALT text when a user inserts an image

Guiding users to create accessible content can also include more sophisticated approaches, such as intergrating an accessibility checker into an authoring tool.

Note: see Checkpoint 504.2: Content Creation or Editing for information on what constitutes an authoring tool.

General techniques

Instructions: Items in this section represent ATAG techniques deemed sufficient to address particular ATAG guidelines which can be used to help meet this checkpoint.

Meet B.2.2 Guide authors to produce accessible content with the following:

Meet B.3.1 Assist authors in checking for accessibility problems with the following:

Many links in this checklist reside outside at the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. W3C Recommendation 05 June 2018:

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