WCAG 2: What they are, what they are meant to be

On December 11th, 2008, after 5 years of working, the W3C WAI released the WCAG 2.0 . They are an evolution of the WCAG 1.0, released on May 5th, 1999, that became a little bit obsolete due to technological advances. Despite this obsolescence, many laws still standed on these guidelines, so a new version was needed.

WCAG 2 follows the spirit of trying to bring a most accessible Web, but with some changes with the previous ones.

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The four principles

An innovation at the WCAG 2 respect to the WCAG 1 is the organization of the guidelines into principles. Accomplishing groups of guidelines you will success in a principle. The goal is to succeed in the 4 principles, as if any of them fails, users with disabilities will experience difficulties to use the website.

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Webpages conformance levels

So, once you have tested the success criteria, you can state the conformance of your webpage into 3 levels:

  • Level Single-A (A): your webpage satisfies all the Single-A (A) success criteria.
  • Level Double-A (AA): your webpage satisfies all the Single-A (A) and Double-A (AA) success criteria.
  • Level Triple-A (AAA): your webpage satisfies all the Single-A (A), Double-A (AA) and Triple-A (AAA) success criteria.

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