WCAGDevelopment of WCAG compliant websites
We will adjust your website to WCAG guidelines to be accessible for users with disabilities
What is WCAG?
WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) is a set of accessibility standards for websites established by WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative). The main goal of the WCAG guidelines is to make websites as easy to use as possible for people with disabilities. The latest WCAG standards, version 2.1, have been in force since 2018.
WCAG 2.1 compliant website
WCAG 2.1 compliant website provides access to its content to all Internet users, on any devices, no matter what the conditions are. In the case of WCAG non-compliant websites, many users with disabilities have a lot of difficulties with the proper reception of content or even usage of the platform.
To be fully WCAG compliant, the website has to meet all the WCAG guidelines. However, this may be unenforceable for many businesses or institutions.
As a result, the three-level conformance system was implemented.
- A- lowest level
- AA- medium level
- AAA- the highest level
Our team specializes in creation the WCAG compliant websites from scratch, so as in WCAG implementation on existing websites. In previous years, we developed brand-new websites for The Polish Committee of Standardization, Gliwice City and Municipal Roads Administration in Gliwice. All our solutions designed for public institutions meet WCAG guidelines. Thanks to the experience built on numerous projects, our developers can adjust any website to dozens of WCAG guidelines.
WCAG 2.1. guidelines
WCAG standards consist of 13 guidelines divided into 4 principles. According to them, the content should be:
WCAG principle no. 1 - Perceivable
- alternative text for non-textual information
- alternatives for time-based media e.g in the form of text or audio description
- presentation of content in different ways (e.g. captions in videos)
- distinguishable content (e.g. colour switch, font size, contrast settings)
WCAG principle np. 2 - Operable
- all functionalities available from the keyboard
- enough time to read the content (e.g. pause, lack of time limits)
- content and solutions that don’t cause seizures
- intuitive navigation
WCAG principle no. 3 - Understandable
- readable and understandable content
- predictable solutions (e.g. consistent navigation)
- support in typing text (e.g. validators, correctors)
WCAG principle no. 4 - Robust
- compatibility- usage of newest technologies, lack of code errors
Why should you adjust the website to WCAG 2.1 guidelines?
Reach- access to a wider range of customers
Accessibility- possibility for users with disabilities to use the platform
Customers- user-friendly website
Image- building a positive image as a business/institution that recognises the needs of people with disabilities
Whose websites are obliged
According to the European Union Directive 2016/2102, websites of all public institutions e.g. government administration bodies, have to be compliant with WCAG 2.1 at the minimum AA level. Despite this fact, having a website that meets WCAG guidelines should be the priority of any business that wants to broaden the customer group.
How can you adjust the website
Making the website WCAG compliant even at the minimum A level requires professional skills of IT specialists. They will implement all the necessary improvements to make the website legal and functional.
Adjustment of either new or already existing website to WCAG guidelines is a task for a well-skilled developer who can adjust the website to tens of WCAG requirements simultaneously.
They are good at establishing a strong business relationship with customers.
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The partnership approach of Smartbees makes our cooperation an effective and pleasant one. That is why we do not hesitate to contract out new assignments to them.