June 7, 2018
Authored by: Bryan Cave, Merrit Jones and Heather Goldman
An update has been published to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, the standards that have been applied by many courts in the absence of website accessibility regulations by the Department of Justice.
The new version, named WCAG 2.1, was published on June 5 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an industry group of website accessibility experts.
WCAG 2.1 amends the prior standards, which were issued in 2008, by adding 17 additional criteria to address accessibility barriers. The updates are mainly related to mobile devices and disabilities that affect vision and cognitive function.
For example, WCAG 2.0 did not expressly address mobile applications, although many of the same criteria for website accessibility was also applicable to mobile apps. WCAG 2.1 provides additional guidance concerning accessibility of mobile apps, including:
- user interactions using touch,
- handling more complex gestures, and
- avoiding unintended activation of an interface.