It’s important for modern websites to be accessible and there are already some websites out there claiming to have the triple 'AAA' accessibility compliance rating. What does this mean and how do you give your website the triple A accessibility rating?25th July 2017 Simon Antony
Accessibility is important in modern web development. The Web is intended for everyone, so it's important we can meet the different accessibility needs of all users. There are already some websites out there claiming to have the ‘AAA’ accessibility compliance rating, but what does it actually mean? How can you get this triple 'A' accessibility rating for your website? Fortunately, there are plenty of rich features in HTML to allow developers to do this and some detailed guidelines from W3C to detail what is needed.
‘AAA’ is a popular title for compliancy with Priority 1, 2 and 3 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0).
Here is a summary of these level three checkpoints:
Satisfying each point will ensure that you meet the criteria for triple A accessibility. But point 11.3 deserves some attention. This point requires documents to be served according to user preferences, and gives an example of 'language'. Taking this literally, this would suggest that all websites should be available in all languages, but this wouldn't be very realistic in many cases!
The 'spirit' of this checkpoint is really that the document should be available in some other form than that which it was originally written, hopefully one that will significantly aid accessibility. In the United Kingdom, a good example of this might be offering the website in Welsh in addition to English for instance.
However, as is evident from a quick search, the majority of web sites sporting the ‘AAA’ badge don’t do offer something as simple as that. The reality is that ‘AAA’ is very difficult without significant resources and even ‘AA’ is often difficult to maintain on every page.
The Web is continually growing and while chasing the triple A accessibility rating may present several challenges to your website, clearly much can be done to make the Web more accessible for all.
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