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Overview of WCAG 2.1

taught by: Becky Gibson

Session Summary:

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated to version 2.1 in June 2018. There is one new guideline and 17 new success criteria. Come learn about these and how they address mobile accessibility and increase access for people with low vision and those with cognitive impairments. This session will explore how these new success criteria affect your organization and provide tips and examples on how to meet them.

Description:

The technology landscape has changed dramatically since the W3C approved the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 in 2008. While the guidelines aim to be technology agnostic, the explosion of mobile devices presents new accessibility challenges. The recently released WCAG 2.1 update addresses the needs of mobile users as well as improving access for people with low vision and cognitive impairments. The W3C Accessibility Guidelines working group polled various disability groups to determine the most pressing issues to address in the update. They researched and prioritized the items to come up with the new requirements. WCAG 2.1 adds 2 guidelines and 17 success criteria targeted mainly at mobile, low vision and cognitive issues. Note that while the new success criteria target three main topics, there is certainly overlap with other areas of disability. This session will use examples to explore and explain each new success criteria

Practical Skills:

The recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) improve web accessibility for a wider range of users. Learn how the 17 new success criteria in WCAG 2.1 address mobile accessibility and increase access for people with low vision and cognitive impairments.

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