Time really flies — I cannot believe it’s been over five years since we partnered with Digital Ink to create an infographic on website accessibility. But the fascinating thing about web accessibility as opposed to other evolving standards and design practices is that the fundamentals remain: equal access to information technology.
Guess what — if you are still using that infographic from 2016 (it was a great year, Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY got his Oscar!), then you’re still well on your way to making accessible and inclusive content for users with disabilities.
That being said…
Many of us were using the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S7 as just a phone and data assistant. Who would have anticipated a pandemic and other global event would have suddenly impacted our usage of mobile devices as now the primary way to access online content as opposed to desktop computers?
Since our last post, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) had a bit of a refresh.
The WCAG “are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium, the main international standards organization for the Internet.”
The more ‘modern’ version of WCAG 2.0 was published in 2008 and became a global standard of best practice in web accessibility when it was standardized in 2012. For several years, this was the de facto recommendation for anyone looking to make more accessible and inclusive content — utilized in both design practice and for litigation. There has also been an uptick in lawsuits resulting from inaccessible websites and plaintiffs with disabilities.
While it may be a separate blog topic, the net result is that online content must be accessible for users with disabilities in areas of public accommodation.
In 2018, WCAG 2.1 rolled out. It is inclusive of WCAG 2.0 but contains a few new additions that factor in mobile usage. With more than half of global users using mobile devices to account for all Internet traffic, the standards naturally had to evolve.
Let us dive in and see what standards are new and our best practices to understanding and accomplishing these.
“Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example with a simpler layout) without losing information or structure.”
Things to ensure when designing:
Over time, technology and accessibility needs will continue to evolve. Keeping yourself up to date with current web accessibility best practices is a great way to ensure that your content will be as inclusive and user-friendly as possible.
If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact a web accessibility professional.
For further information on the updates, please visit: https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/new-in-21/.