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According to the Australian Government Web Guide website all government website must meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 Level AA (Double A) by 31 December 2014.
Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.
The following is some helpful resources on how implement WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 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. Although these guidelines cover a wide range of issues, they are not able to address the needs of people with all types, degrees, and combinations of disability. These guidelines also make Web content more usable by older individuals with changing abilities due to aging and often improve usability for users in general.
Latest Version: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
Also view WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Guidelines from AccessibiltiyOZ
A customisable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques.
Use: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements
A handy list of WCAG requirements that cover level A, level AA and level AAA by Luke McGrath author of How to Meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
View checklists WCAG 2.0
OzWiki will tell you what you need to know to make your web content accessible, a knowledge base of problems and solutions drawing on 15 years experience working with people like you to address their disability issues. Accessibility issues are grouped into categories and further sub-divided into topics to allow quick and easy access to the specific information you require. Use the OzWiki search according to impact on the end-user or to identify issues according to the WCAG Level: A, AA or AAA.
Factsheets provide detailed information on accessibility issues, impact on the end user together with a detailed checklist or test plan that can be used by content managers or developers to review website content and functionality and guidance on the use of automated testing tools.
Guidance on how to create websites that meet WCAG – The collection of tutorials shows you how to develop web content that is accessible to people with disabilities, and that provides a better user experience for everyone.
View Web Accessibility Tutorials
A handy resources which covers a visual representation of WCAG accessibility guidelines, NVDA keyboard card and a guide to accessible video.
View: Stamford Interactive Resources
@Bjarni If you’re a visual person this visual summary that my team at @PwCAUdigital produced is really useful https://t.co/2erd37lTuh #a11y
— Ruth Ellison (@RuthEllison) July 31, 2015
Not the be all and end all but some accessibility tools can do some of the light work for you.
A handy online tool to check the contrast ratio of the foreground and background. Good for reviewing the eligibility of small and large text.
Herin Hentry published on LinkedIn, why WCAG is not scary any more. Read A progressive approach to Website Accessibility
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