A new standard of web accessibility will soon be coming into force with a significant update to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”). WCAG makes technology more accessible to users with special needs. It provides information on accessibility practices and methods which should be used in order to make digital products more accessible and usable to people with disabilities.
The 3.0 version of WCAG introduces a new suite of tests to accommodate a wider range of users and technologies. We set out the steps to take in preparation for the release of the new guidelines:
Contact your solicitor to review your Accessibility Policy. This document provides further information about how users with special needs will be able to access and use the website to ensure compliance with The Equality Act. A legally compliant website needs an accessibility policy.
Check compliance with the new WCAG standards with your solicitor. Your solicitor can provide advice on the new standards and conduct an audit of your website and provide you with advice on the areas of the website which need to be brought in line with the new standards.
Ensure your website design represents best accessibility practice. Not all web designers will be fully familiar with WCAG compliance requirements. Your solicitor can provide your web design team with guidance and support to make your web design compliant.
Hamlins regularly assists clients with website compliance requirements. If you need our help, please contact the team today.