09 Jul What is WCAG?
Q: What is WCAG? Is it the same as Section 508?
A: No, WCAG and Section 508 are different. WCAG is an acronym that stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are published by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The goal of WCAG is to make web-based content more accessible to a wider variety of people. These guidelines are primarily intended for those with disabilities using assistive technologies, but also include all user agents (a “user agent” can be a web browser, a mobile phone, a screen reader etc.).
The most notable difference between WCAG and Section 508 is that WCAG is a set of “recommendations” for websites, while Section 508 is a law that applies to all Federal Agencies. Whether your site is a .gov site or not, it is a great idea to make sure your content is accessible for all.
Checklist – Part 1 HTML
The following standards are excerpted from Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, §1194.22. The pass/fail criteria in this document represent an interpretation of Section 508 web standards. This checklist is NOT official Section 508 documentation. For the full text of Section 508, please see the official government 508 web site.
Part 2: Scripts, Plug-ins, Java, etc.
508 STANDARD: The following standards are excerpted from Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, §1194.21. Full text of Section 508.