As covered in a previous blog, making sure website accessibility
is included in the design process is probably the simplest way to ensure it
But there is still a need for testing.
We need to know what to test for. The guidelines issued by the W3C give a starting place
The standards outlined in W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are organized into three level; A, AA and AAA.
Level A cover the most basic web accessibility features and
is the minimum standard a website should meet. For example, the WCAG guideline All non-text content that is presented to the
user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose, except for the
situations listed below. A solution at this level would be providing a
transcript for pre-recorded audio.
Level AA requirements ensure that content achieves a
greater degree of accessibility People with disabilities will have an
easier time accessing content that meets Level AA criteria than they would with
content that only meets Level A. A solution at this level. A solution at this level would be providing
an audio description for pre-recorded audio.
Level AAA is the highest and most complex level of web accessibility. This level includes additional requirements, some of which enhance those established in Level AA criteria. For pre-recorded audio, sign language interpretation should be implemented.
Remember, Level A is the minimum a website should meet for
the page to be considered accessible.
Level AA is the level most websites should strive for, this should also ensure
compliance with the 508 Standards. Level
AAA is the “Holy Grail” of accessibility, but whenever possible the WCAG standards
at this level should be implemented.
The next post will cover methods and tools to test a website
for the WCAG standards.
WordCamp Atlanta was held in Atlanta on April 2018. The recorded presentations are now being posted.
One of the presentations was from Kim Camp Smalley. She provided an overview of the current US laws and standards regarding web accessibility, techniques and tools to evaluate a WordPress site for accessibility and how to identify the limitations of automated evaluations.
The number of companies facing legal action for inaccessible websites is on the rise. Inaccessible websites and digital content can limit access to users with disabilities. WordPress users can employ web accessibility evaluation tools to help determine if their content is accessible to users with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of several WordPress plugins, web-based tools, and accessibility resources. Designers, developers, and content creators can utilize these tools to evaluate websites against recognized guidelines and create a better user experience.
The video and a link to download her slides can be found here.