New web directives: WCAG 2.1 level AA
From 23 September this year (2020), the new web directive will enter into force. Basically, it´s about increasing accessibility on the web. This means that all people – regardless of disability – should be able to take part in the company’s website and access the information that is available. As the web directive comes from the EU, it will affect the whole of Europe. The EU has set a minimum level but it is up to the member states to set a higher level of requirements if desired.
What does WCAG 2.1 level AA mean?
Actually, it is not as difficult as it sounds, in principle it is about basic accessibility adaptation. Some examples are, to have a sufficiently good contrast on background and text, the website should work well responsively, users should be able to navigate using the keyboard and that content that is not text (images, graphics and video) should be described in text.
But to whom does the web directive really apply?
The Web Directive is aimed, for example, at public websites such as authorities and municipalities, but also private companies that are state funded. Here, it is important that you, as a business, investigate whether you are covered by the web directive.
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