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What is WCAG?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or 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 guidelines provide a set of technical requirements for making your website, app or other digital properties accessible to people with various disability types.

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Why does my business need to achieve WCAG compliance?

Being WCAG compliant is the best defense against being sued for having an inaccessible website. Is it bulletproof? No. But if you get a demand letter, you will have the documentation to prove your website or mobile app’s WCAG compliance.

Being WCAG compliant increases the number of people you reach. Estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans has a disability that affects their daily life. Technology is a big part of daily life.

Being WCAG compliant makes it easier to sell your goods and services. If you sell technology B2B or B2G, having an accessibility conformance report will rank your product higher in the minds of your buyers, especially in highly regulated industries or the government.

Being WCAG compliant is the right thing to do. Assistive technology helps people with disabilities use the web. All we need to do as creators is ensure that we meet WCAG standards and we can include them in everything great about modern life.

Learn more about the business case for web accessibility.

How do I test my website for WCAG compliance?

If you’ve never tested your site before – or you’ve only used free tools – you will want to set up an audit with an accessibility expert. During the audit process, there will be automated testing, manual testing, and functional testing by people with disabilities.

At the end of the audit process, you will receive a report with your overall level of WCAG compliance and a list of accessibility issues that need remediation. Depending on your relationship with your vendor, they can provide training or helpdesk support, or even code side-by-side with your developers.

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