Parish website compliance. Is your website WCAG 2.1 compliant?
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Parish website compliance with this new standard is a must. New sites are required to already be compliant and existing sites having to become compliant by 22nd September 2020.
Background on WCAG 2.1
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 defines how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities. Although these guidelines cover a wide range of issues, they are not able to address the needs of people with all types of degrees and combinations of disability. These guidelines also make web content more user-friendly for older individuals with changing abilities due to aging and often improve usability for all users in general.
The important dates
You’ll need to comply with the regulations from 23 September 2019. This is when it will start applying to new websites (those published after 22 September 2018). They come into force in 3 stages:
|What’s covered||Deadline to comply with the regulations|
|New public sector websites (published after 22 September 2018)||22 September 2019|
|All other public sector websites||22 September 2020|
|Public sector mobile applications||22 June 2021|