9.1: Other Accessibility Standards
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At a recent planning meeting with her management team, Lulu was reminded of one additional consideration with respect to her website. Lulu hopes to expand her business more widely to international markets. She wonders if her website is in compliance with accessibility requirements in other jurisdictions. Because the learning and work that Lulu and her team have been doing is anchored in the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, she will meet the compliance requirements of most regions across North America and the rest of the world. However, it would be beneficial for those at Lulu’s Lollipops and for you to become familiar with a few additional guidelines that may be relevant in specific contexts and situations.
So far WCAG 2.0 has been the main guideline we have used for auditing web accessibility. In most cases it will be the guideline of choice, though there are others to be aware of that might also be referenced as part of web accessibility auditing projects. In this unit we will look at:
- The W3C Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)
- User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG)
- WAI’s Accessible Rich Internet Applications Guidelines (WAI-ARIA)
- The ISO 24751 Access for All standards
We will also look at how rules and legislation around the world have adopted WCAG 2.0 as the basis for various international laws that dictate web accessibility requirements in many countries. As a result of this adoption, it is possible through courses like this one to train developers and auditors with one set of instructions. Ultimately, the good news is that what you learn in this course will be applicable for a broad range of country-specific accessibility requirements.