WCAG, or “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines,” is an abbreviation. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) developed these globally acknowledged principles to make sure that people with physical impairments, such as the blind or deaf, may access the internet in the same way as people without these limitations.

 

What actions ought businesses should take to abide by WCAG and prevent legal action?

The Website Content Accessibility Rules version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) offers a de facto set of guidelines for website development teams, while the precise requirements for compliance are still a little hazy. Here are the top 5 measures you should do to make sure your website is:

  1. A website accessibility manager to select

You must choose a leader for your accessibility initiatives, either inside or outside. You should take this decision seriously and thoroughly investigate all prospects since the person you select might be the difference between being compliant and ending up in court.

Include among his or her duties a thorough understanding of all WCAG 2.0 components, a high degree of proficiency in all facets of web development, knowledge of the content management system for your website, and expertise in teaching other members of your development team. His or her responsibilities will include:

Make a web accessibility policy for the website of your business. The accessibility policy must be precise, thorough, and simple to comprehend;

Clearly display that policy on your website. You want to ensure that your policy can be accessed and seen if your website is being examined for accessibility; and

Keep records of all the steps you took to ensure WCAG compliance, including any audit findings.

2.  Consult a website accessibility expert

Many firms lack the internal skills necessary to act independently. This is why you want to give considerable consideration to employing a consultant that is highly skilled in both WCAG testing and repair. Make sure your consultant carefully collaborates with your internal team to comprehend the underlying programming of your website and content management system (CMS). Finally, in order to assure continuous compliance, your consultant should be ready to assist with internal employee training.

3. Have a WCAG audit done on your website

Several automatic auditing solutions are available to help your manager and consultant thoroughly audit your site and find every area that needs to be fixed.

Three main steps should be included in your audit:

  • Automated testing will identify around 25% of all problems.
  • A manual code review should find the majority of problems that automated testing missed.
  • An assistive technology review is the last stage of your audit, during which your tester checks that your site is accessible to people with impairments using tools like ZOOM and Dragon.
  1. Keep thorough records

Documenting all the steps you’ve made to make your site accessible, including any audit reports, is crucial for proving compliance. These should be arranged in a spreadsheet that lists each activity, the person who carried it out, and the date it was finished. Sort the spreadsheet’s elements into those that your CMS can manage and those that your developer must handle.

5. Offer Internal Training

Your website is dynamic, so your initial attempt at compliance won’t be your last. Everyone who contributes to the creation of your site has to be trained in order to maintain continuous compliance; your consultant may assist you with this. You should build thorough training guides that cover all compliance concerns, from inserting alt tags to guaranteeing sequential headers, because members of your web development team will leave your company and be replaced by new staff.

Conclusion

Even though accessibility compliance is difficult and perhaps perplexing, your company must take it seriously now, not tomorrow. Working together with seasoned web developers who are familiar with WCAG standards and have the expertise to make sure your site complies with them is your best chance.