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Who is ATAG For? 

With reference to the W3C, please see the following guidance:

ATAG is primarily for developers of authoring tools, including the following types of authoring tools:

  1. web page authoring tools, for example, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) HTML editors
  2. software for generating websites, for example, content management systems (CMS) and learning management systems (LMS), courseware tools, content aggregators
  3. software that converts to web content technologies, for example, word processors and other office document applications with Save as HTML or EPUB
  4. multimedia authoring tools, for example, Premier, and the Kaltura app (but not the web platform)
  5. websites that let users add content, such as blogs, wikis, photo sharing sites, online forums, and social networking sites
  6. other types of tools listed in the glossary definition of authoring tools, for example, email clients that send messages using web content technologies and software for creating mobile web applications

ATAG and supporting resources are also intended to meet the needs of many different audiences, including policymakers, managers, and others. For example:

  • People who want to choose authoring tools that are accessible and that produce accessible content can use ATAG to evaluate authoring tools.
  • People who want to encourage their existing authoring tool developer to improve accessibility in future versions can refer the authoring tool vendor to ATAG.
ExamplesTypeEnterprise Authoring Tool (ATAG Review?)Description (e.g., HTML, EPUB, multimedia for a website) Content Output Review (WCAG)?TestingComments
FlipgridWeb-based applicationYesIt enables immersive creation of content but is not exported externally, and therefore, not included under ATAG.


JAWS, Wave

Must be viewed within the Flipgrid application

Not currently covered by ATAG, but is covered by the Policy.

We evaluate it against WCAG standards. 

Adobe InDesignDesktop/Cloud-based, Multimedia authoring toolYesEnables creation of images (multimedia)+. 


JAWS, Wave

Application evaluated by WCAG to be sure an individual can use it.

We evaluate exported content by WCAG and ATAG. 

What about non-HTML content? (PDFs, images, etc.) 

CamtasiaDesktopYesCreate online multimedia course contentYesJAWS, Wave
ConfluenceWeb-basedYesUsed to create content viewable by a browser. Yes

WordPressWeb-based and hosting applicationYesCreates HTML (dynamically and statically)Yes
Output doesn't require the WordPress application to view it. 
Microsoft WordDesktopYes

Microsoft PowerPointDesktopYes

Microsoft ExcelDesktopYes

Google WorkspaceWeb-basedYesView and edit email, docs, PowerPoint from browserYes

Microsoft Office 365Web-based applicationYesView and edit email, word doc, PowerPoint from browserYes

CascadeWeb-based HTML creation toolYesCreated HTML with assets published to hosting platformsYes
Used as a CMS
LaTex Editor Desktop and web-basedYesUsed to create publications and scripting equations (mathematical/scientific formulas).Yes
Inherently inaccessible and requires knowledge/background in working with scientific equations as it relates to accessibility

PeopleSoft (Oracle)


PeopleSoft Portal (MySlice)
NoProvide access to back-end systems, interact with fields and formsYes


Adobe PremierMultimedia authoring toolYesVideo editing and compilation software

Adobe PhotoshopMultimedia authoring toolYes

Adobe IllustratorMultimedia authoring toolYes

ModoMobile application


Concept3DCMS and authoring toolYes

ReaxysWeb-based application
It is a database of chemicals and is used to draw formulas.

This is a data repository but the data is within the application, it doesn't pull data in the same way that other repositories do. WCAG

TableauWeb-based and desktopYespulls data from multiple repositories and enables you to generate a data visualization for viewing with a browserWCAG




Authoring Tool: (Ref. W3C) "Any web-based or non-web-based application(s) that can be used by authors (alone or collaboratively) to create or modify web content for use by other people (other authors or end users)."

Web-content: (Ref. W3C) "Information and sensory experience to be communicated to the end user by means of a user agent, including code or markup that defines the content's structure, presentation, and interactions. In ATAG 2.0, the term is primarily used to refer to the output that is produced by the authoring tool. Content produced by authoring tools may include web applications, including those that act as web-based authoring tools."

  • An HTML document in many cases that is viewable in another application. 


ATAG Report: Success Criterion

ATAG Standards

Other Resources

Syracuse University ICT Accessibility Policy Standards

WCAG 2 FAQ - Other Technologies

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