This is the second blog post in our series about VPAT 2.0. You can find the previous post here: Navigating VPAT® 2.0: Understanding Why It’s Changing.
VPAT 2.0 Structure
Here is what you will find in VPAT 2.0. All sections must be completed for the final VPAT unless otherwise noted:
- Report Title: In the heading format of “[Company name] – Accessibility Conformance Report”
- VPAT Heading Information: VPAT heading and acronym with service mark and template version
- Name of Product: The name of the product being reported, including version of the product
- Date: Date of report publication (month and year at minimum)
- Contact Information: Contact information for follow-up questions
- Notes: Any details or further explanations about the product or the report (may be left blank)
- Standards/Guidelines: List of Standards/Guidelines being reported if “Not Evaluated” is not used as a response for the Standards/Guidelines
- Table Information: Table Information description section
- Terms: Terms description section
- Report Information: Standards/Guideline conformance information in 3-column tabular format
- WCAG Tables: Conformance information for WCAG 2.0 conformance at the designated level (A, AA or AAA), also used for conformance with the Section 508 Refresh and EN 301 549
At least one of the three conformance standards (Section 508, WCAG 2.0, EN 301 549) must be completed in VPAT 2.0. Alternatively, a combination of all three standards may be used to report only the criteria applicable to your product.
ITI recommends using only the following responses to indicate your conformance level with each of the VPAT 2.0 criteria:
- Supports: The product must have at least one method that meets the criteria.
- Supports with Exceptions: Though parts of the product meet the criteria, the product does not fully conform.
- Does Not Support: The majority of the product does not meet the criteria.
- Not Applicable: The specific criteria does not apply to the product.
- Not Evaluated: Can only be used as a response when evaluating WCAG 2.0 AAA success criteria.
If the standard selected has more than one level of conformance, depending on the level you select to report on, you may also need to include the criteria of any lower conformance levels of the same standard. For example, if you are reporting WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance, you must also report compliance with WCAG 2.0 Level A success criteria.
Access the resources from our free, on-demand webinar: Navigating VPAT® 2.0: A Guide for Vendors.
Ken Salaets, ITI Director of Global Policy, and Bill Curtis-Davidson, Level Access Senior Director of Program & Policy Services, break down the new VPAT and how to best use it.
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