User Experience on the Web

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

Introduction to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

Introduction to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The guidelines explain and advice on how to make web contents more accessible to people with disabilities and older users.

Background information

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines and recoomendations published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the technologies of the World Wide Web.

The recommendations, which are also called success criteria, help Web designers and developers create websites that better meet the needs of users with disabilities and older users.

The term content refers to any kind of information in a web page or web application. This includes natural information such as text, images, and sounds but also code or markup that defines structure, presentation, etc.

For Web content to be considered accessible, it must correspond to the accessibility principles.

The official recommendation for WCAG 2.1 was published in 2018 and was adopted by several countries as the digital accessibility standard.

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