Director of Technology
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or WCAG consists of 12 guidelines. These 12 items are categorized under 4 principles (perceivable, robust, operable, and understandable), which together consist of 61 testable items. Each of these 61 tests has a priority level assigned. The three priority levels are A (must support), AA (should support), and AAA (nice to support). Each level corresponds to the importance of the testable item. As you complete each group of tests you will be considered at that level of compliance. The commonly supported level is WCAG 2.0 AA. This means the site owners web content or site is coded in a way that follows all of WCAG 2.0 A and AA guidelines, but does not necessarily follow any or all of the AAA guidelines.
Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
User interface components and navigation must be operable.
Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
To learn more about the high level guidelines and what guidelines need to be follow to meet a certain level head to this link.
Anyone whose disability limits their access to online content. These could be things like limited vision or a lack of fine motor dexterity. As content creators we have a moral responsibility to ensure the highest level of access to what we create as possible.
In the past several years’ associations like the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Harvard have faced litigation due to a lack of accessible content for their members, students and site visitors. These legal actions can easily cost 10x the expense of providing your content in an accessible way to begin with. This doesn’t even take into account the ethical and commercial reasons to make sure your content is more accessible. By complying with WCAG you are ensuring that your content, donation options, and shopping carts are accessible to individuals with disabilities, which are often forgotten during the design and development process of content and website creation.
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