Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How well do Australian government sites meet WCAG 2.0? - still some way to go states new report

While I've not yet seen an official statement confirming whether Australian government will support the second version of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), there has been a report released by UsabilityOne reviewing 12 Federal Government websites against the guidelines.

The Accessibility Industry Report found a number of issues across the sites that would need to be addressed for them to be WCAG 2.0 compatible.

To quote UsabilityOne,
None of the websites audited adhere to all criteria in the latest accessibility guidelines.

Have you looked into making your site compliance with WCAG 2.0?

Or are you waiting for the official government position?


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  2. Accessibility is a nightmare for existing sites, so the results don't suprise me. The issue is however that most organisations don't grasp the importance of the issue until there's a business need to do so (Macguire V SOCOG being a prime example).

    The only reason why I have finally convinced my organisation to spend the money and resources upgrading their sites to accessibility compliance is because our group employed a totally blind receptionist - and they were shown first hand just how hard web properties designed without accessibility are for those with disabilities and impairments.

    Thankfully we were able to hit WCAG 1.0 AAA on our intranet, and are targeting the same with our improved public site which we're currently working on.