Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.There are currently about 53 million adults with a disability in the US alone.50% of them use Internet on various devices. The percentage is increasing by the day which makes WCAG/US Section 508 essential now.
The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” says, Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web.
WCAG is an ISO standard web accessibility guidelines developed by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with a set of recommendations that makes a website accessible to people with various disabilities. On June 5, 2018, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 became an official W3C Recommendation. Taking every barrier into account, WCAG 2.1 covers wide range of recommendations for making the site accessible.
1. A – Basic web accessibility guideline
2. AA – Midrange and most common guideline
3. AAA – Highest and complex guideline
WCAG 2-AA is generally used by most organizations and considered as the most common guideline that should be strived by a web page to meet minimal compliance.
Website accessibility is the basic human right in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Aside making legacy content accessible for people with diverse disability it will also help individual, business and society. Yes, Introducing Web Content Accessibility Guideline in the website does more than you think Thousands of organizations and companies have been sued for failing to accommodate disabilities. Most of the smaller business has the hardest hit because paying penalties can sometimes exceed the costs of updating their websites.But.adhering to the accessibility guidelines also tends to make web content more usable to people in general and often easier for search engines to crawl.
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