Section 1: W3C and Web Site Accessibility
The W3C and Accessibility section includes annotated links to W3C's accessibility guidelines, checklists, articles and tutorials, and related accessibility information at W3C's site.
The W3C and Accessibility section includes annotated links to W3C's accessibility guidelines and articles and tutorials at W3C's site on accessibility.
Do you know of some good articles, tutorials, tips, Web sites, books, or other resources related to Web site accessibility or the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative? Recommendations are welcome and encouraged!
On this page:
- Misc. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Guidelines (WCAG) Information
- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0
- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
- W3C Accessibility Tutorials
Misc. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and Guidelines (WCAG) Information
- Accessibility Features of CSS
Get the authoritative info here for Cascading Style Sheets, direct from W3C.
- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 Conformance Logos
WCAG conformance icons and information on how to use each conformance level icon appropriately.
- Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Via W3C. "Pursues accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development." Includes user accessibility guidelines, techniques for web content accessibility guidelines, technical activity, how to participate, how to sponsor, more.
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Official W3C Recommendation and guidelines. As the W3C states, “These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers (page authors and site designers) and for developers of authoring tools.” [W3C Recommendation 5-May-1999.]
- Fact Sheet for "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0"
Excellent FAQ that answers common questions you might have about accessibility.
Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0
- Core Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
General techniques that apply across technologies (e.g., validation, testing, etc.).
- CSS Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Examples and strategies to help authors write Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as part of accessible content design.
- HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
examples and strategies for authoring accessible Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) content.
- HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0: Forms [Part of HTML Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, W3C Note 6 November 2000 W3C.]
- Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Gateway document to all the other WCAG 1.0 techniques at W3C.
Books on Web Site Accessibility
Recommended by WebsiteTips.com
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
Below are links to the upcoming WCAG 2.0 and related information.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
An Official Public Working Draft as of November 2005. As the W3C states,
This document contains principles, guidelines, success criteria, benefits, and examples that define and explain the requirements for making Web-based information and applications accessible. “Accessible” means usable to a wide range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning difficulties, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech difficulties, and others. Following these guidelines will also make your Web content more accessible to the vast majority of users, including older users. It will also enable people to access Web content using many different devices - including a wide variety of assistive technologies.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Checklist
A helpful checklist that lists all of the success criteria from WCAG 2.0 in a checkable list, along with links to corresponding links to WCAG guidelines.
- Introduction to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Working Draft Documents
This is a helpful must read document to help everyone become familiar with these new guidelines, which are organized in a different way from WCAG 1.0.
- Mapping of WCAG 1.0 Checkpoints to WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria
Helpful chart to review the similarities and differences between WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0. Editor note January, 2006: Note that this chart's information is especially subject to change prior to WCAG 2.0 becoming an official Recommendation. [Mapping dated 11/23/2005, via W3C.]
- Requirements for WCAG 2.0 [W3C Working Draft 26 April 2002, W3C.]
- Understanding WCAG 2.0
W3C considers this an essential guide to understanding and using “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.” It is part of a series of documents which support WCAG 2.0.
Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
- HTML Techniques for WCAG 2.0
Techniques using HTML, XHTML, and a little CSS and ECMAScript solutions to help Web developers conform to WCAG 2.0.
W3C Accessibility Tutorials
See also WebsiteTips.com's Accessibility Tutorials resources.
- Curriculum for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Provides a helpful curriculum that includes an introductory set, the WAI Guidelines, accessibility checklists, and examples. It's also available for download, and instructions for use are included. Editor note January 2006: Watch for a curriculum for WCAG 2.0 as WCAG 2.0 continues to be developed. [03/17/2000 by Chuck Letourneau and Geoff Freed for W3C.]
- Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization: Overview
The W3C states that this 5-page 'resource suite', is “designed to help develop a customized business case for Web accessibility for a specific organization. The resource suite presents many different aspects of Web accessibility and includes guidance on incorporating these aspects into a specific organization's business case.” [Article/tutorial dated 08/2005, by Shawn Lawton Henry, editor, for W3C.]
- Evaluating Accessibility
A resource suite at W3C that provides “general procedures and tips for evaluation in different situations, from evaluation during Web site development to ongoing monitoring of existing sites.” You'll find an ongoing list of helpful articles and tutorials there, such as:
- Preliminary Review of Web Sites for Accessibility
- Conformance Evaluation of Web Sites for Accessibility
- Evaluation Approaches for Specific Contexts
- Involving Users in Web Accessibility Evaluation
- Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools
- Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools: Overview
- Evaluating Forms
Helpful information here for evaluating forms for accessibility guidelines. Provided as reference material. [Article/tutorial dated 07/25/2004, by Shadi Abou-Zahra, WAI BPE Presentation for W3C.]
- How People with Disabilities Use the Web
This document provides an introduction how people with disabilities use the Web and their needs with applications, software, hardware. It also includes supporting information for the guidelines and technical work of the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). [12/10/2004, by Judy Brewer for W3C.]