What is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines?

People who have disabilities should have equal access to consume and interact with information on the internet. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are a set of  web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet.

To help Southern California Edison meet compliance and train it’s employees and agencies who create online material, I developed a video and presented as a guest speaker for company wide training summit. Watch the video.

Four key ideas must be met to abide by the web content accessibility guidelines. Any easy way to remember is “POUR”

  • Percievable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  • Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  • Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  • Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.