To claim Single A conformance, all of your pages and documents must meet all Single A requirements
To claim Double A, all of your pages and documents must meet all Single A and all Double A requirements
To claim Triple A, all of your pages and documents must meet all Single A, Double A and Triple A requirements
First examine the types of content in your site. The following questions can be applied to any content type.
If yes to any of these questions, see Guidelines 1.1 to 1.4 below.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, see Guidelines 2.1 to 2.4 below.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, see Guidelines 3.1 to 3.3 below.
If you answer 'yes' to any of these questions, see Guideline 4.1 below.
To determine how all of these questions might affect eachother, refer to parts 2 to 7 below.
1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A)
NOTE: If the audio or video is designated as an alternative to web content (e.g., an audio or sign language version of a web page, for example), then the web content itself serves as the alternative.
1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) (Level A)
1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A)
1.3.2 Meaningful Sequence (Level A)
1.3.3 Sensory Characteristics (Level A)
1.4.1 Use of Color (Level A)
1.4.2 Audio Control (Level A)
2.1.1 Keyboard (Level A)
2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap (Level A)
2.2.1 Timing Adjustable (Level A)
2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide (Level A)
2.3.1 Three Flashes or Below Threshold (Level A)
2.4.1 Bypass Blocks (Level A)
2.4.2 Page Titled (Level A)
2.4.3 Focus Order (Level A)
2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A)
3.1.1 Language of Page (Level A)
3.2.1 On Focus (Level A)
3.2.2 On Input (Level A)
3.3.1 Error Identification (Level A)
3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (Level A)
4.1.1 Parsing (Level A)
4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)
WHY: Some people still use dial-up (only 5% as of July 2011). But the main reason is search engines are starting to rank sites based on their speed, so it doesn't pay to make bloated pages if you want your information to be found!
EVALUATION: Basic content pages should render in 8 - 15 seconds for your users, homepages with more functionality should take no more than 60 seconds. The total size of your page will depend on how the intended audience is accessing your page. Use the Web Speed Analyser
WHY: The page should still make sense for people using screen readers which read out alt text. People may be browsing with images turned off, because they have a slow internet connection, either becuase they are still on dial-up or because they have reached their quota and their connection speed has been throttled by their provider until they pay for more.
EVALUATION: Check that all navigation, functions and key content are still readable and usable. Does the site still make sense?
WHY: You cannot control what your people use to access your site, so you should aim for consistency of information, not appearance.
EVALUATION: Although the page may look different, is all information present and clear?
The following voice browsers are suitable:
WHY: To test if your page makes sense if you had to listen to it instead of reading it.
EVALUATION: Is equivalent information available through the voice or text browser as is available through a browser and is the information presented in a similar logical order as when viewed through a browser? Does it still make sense?
WHY: All evaluation tools put slightly different emphasis on the results, so it is possible to overlook certain aspects, particularly those that require user judgement to rectify. Any of the following validators are suitable.
EVALUATION: Rectify all W3C Priorities, definitely all WCAG 2.0 Level A and any that you can of AA.
EVALUATION: Examine PDF files and run Accessibility reports in Adobe Acrobat Professional, evaluate all non-html files against relevant criteria in part 1 of this evaluation.
For assistance with accessibility, please contact Web and Learning Services.
Authorised by the Associate Director, Service Delivery & Support
6 May, 2013