WCAG 2.2 Guidelines: What You Need to Know and How Businesses Should Prepare
In today’s growing market to follow accessibility guidelines, businesses must ensure that their websites and online platforms are accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2, which is slated for release in Q3 of 2023. These guidelines are a continuation of version 2.1 that include nine new success criteria businesses must follow. Learn more about the guidelines and how to prepare.
Web Content Accessibility 2.2 Guidelines
According to W3C, version 2.2 compared to 2.1 is aimed at improving accessibility guidance for three major groups: users with cognitive or learning disabilities, users with low vision, and users with disabilities on mobile devices.
Let’s take a look into the nine new success criteria it introduces and discuss how your business can prepare:
The following success criteria are new in WCAG 2.2:
- 2.4.11 Focus Not Obscured (Minimum) (AA)
- 2.4.12 Focus Not Obscured (Enhanced) (AAA)
- 2.4.13 Focus Appearance (AAA)
- 2.5.7 Dragging Movements (AA)
- 2.5.8 Target Size (Minimum) (AA)
- 3.2.6 Consistent Help (A)
- 3.3.7 Redundant Entry (A)
- 3.3.8 Accessible Authentication (Minimum) (AA)
- 3.3.9 Accessible Authentication (Enhanced) (AAA)
Note: The current WCAG 2.2 is still in the candidate recommendation draft stage, so keep an eye out for any additional changes before the finalized release to the public.
How Your Business Should Prepare
With WCAG version 2.2 on the horizon, it is essential for businesses to start preparing now to ensure compliance and provide an inclusive digital experience for all users.
Here are some steps your organization can take:
- Educate Yourself as Well as Your Team:
Understand the impact these updated guidelines have on your website and the benefits it brings to users with disabilities. Be sure to read the “How to Meet” and “Understanding” links associated with each criteria to get a deeper understanding of the intent, benefits, and examples.
- Start Implementing Now:
Incorporate the new success criteria into your workflow now rather than later. These new guidelines are coming, so why wait until its official release? Meet these criteria ahead of time this way, developers don’t have to do any work twice.
- Seek Professional Assistance:
If you encounter challenges or require specialized expertise, consider engaging an accessibility consultant or agency such as Blue Acorn iCi. Our team can provide guidance, conduct audits, and offer tailored solutions to ensure your digital properties meet the WCAG 2.2 guidelines.
A Trusted Partner in Accessibility Solutions
Blue Acorn iCi is here to provide the expertise and support you need in your accessibility to meet the new WCAG 2.2 guidelines. We understand the importance of creating inclusive digital experiences and are committed to making a positive impact. With our extensive experience in developing and implementing accessibility policies, guidelines, and standards, we can provide a solution to provide a better experience for your digital product.
Our team of certified experts can perform comprehensive accessibility reviews, provide training to promote accessibility awareness, and collaborate with your teams to integrate accessibility best practices. We can even create an accessibility program to ensure accessibility is part of your overall business processes from start to finish.
The Blue Acorn iCi team is here to help with your accessibility needs. Contact us today to learn more about how our services can provide an accessible solution.
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