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WCAG

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are the globally recognised standards for web accessibility. These are the standard upon which the British Government (the Office of the e-Envoy) and most European Countries base there accessibility recomendations. The Amercian, Section 508 Guidelines, whilst having a slightly different structure and vocabulary contains only one point not covered in the WCAG 1.0 and are essentially a smaller version of the WCAG.

These are the standards that you must meet if you are legally required to make your website accessible.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines were created to bring accessibility considerations into the technology development of the W3C. They are a series of guidelines for accessible web development and the creation of web page

Version 1 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines became a W3C Recommendation on May 5, 1999. The Guidelines are also broken down into 3 levels of conformance.

[Priority 1]

         Level A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

A Web content developer must satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it impossible to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint is a basic requirement for some groups to be able to use Web documents.

[Priority 2]

         Level Double-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

A Web content developer should satisfy this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it difficult to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint will remove significant barriers to accessing Web documents.

[Priority 3]

         Level Triple-A conformance icon, W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

A Web content developer may address this checkpoint. Otherwise, one or more groups will find it somewhat difficult to access information in the document. Satisfying this checkpoint will improve access to Web documents.

A website that conforms to all Priority 1 checkpoints is considered to be Conformance Level "A". Those that conform to Priorities 2 and 3 are considered Level "Double A" and Level "Triple A" respectively.

The Pollen Shop can create websites that conform to to any level of conformance including Level "Triple-A". However we also go a step further, including a number of best practice concepts not contained in the guidelines. This knowledge has been acquired from many years working within the disability sector and an intrinsic understanding of the needs of users with a range of disabilities.