• Author: Ricky Onsman
  • Date: 19 Jul 2012
  • Access: Free

Quick facts

The guidelines, success criteria and techniques provided by WCAG 2.0 are intended to be tools used to influence every aspect of the process of creating a website.

The guidelines, success criteria and techniques provided by WCAG 2.0 are intended to be tools for web designers as much as for content producers and developers, meant to influence every aspect of the process of creating a website.

At a practical level, they work best and are most easily implemented at the earliest stages of web design, informing and shaping design concepts from the outset.

While it is not a bad idea for every web designer to be familiar with all of WCAG 2.0, it is also possible to tease out those guidelines most likely to be regarded as primarily their responsibility, whether that's as part of a large corporate or government web team, a small company or agency, as a freelancer or consultant, from the graphic designer to the front end developer and everything in between.

The more familiar you become with web accessibility principles and techniques, the more you'll find yourself incorporating them automatically into your design process. This becomes particularly true when you consider that web accessibility is built on the core concept of simply making web content available to as many people as possible.

Designing a website accessible to people with disability means designing a better website.

This guide gives you the means to do it.