Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and
Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 Together

W3C Editor's Draft 24 June 2008

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As described in this document, the two recommendations are complementary. The motivation for adopting them may be different for each (for example, commercial, regulatory, altruistic). It has been described elsewhere that retrofitting existing websites for compliance with another set of non-functional requirements is much more costly than complying during the design and development phases. The cost of late implementation (content repair, staff training, redesigning workflow) separately may also be much greater than doing both together, due to the synergies between them. (So we suggest that for many projects there are compelling reasons to do both at the same time...)

This document looks at ways in which some of the Mobile Web BPs and WCAG SCs can be addressed together. It provides an outline of how it is possible to devise a coherent set of requirements for a given project covering both recommendations together. It is important to understand that WCAG 2.0 success criteria (SCs) are assigned levels, and for this reason compilation of the list of requirements begins with WCAG. The following steps can be used to draw up a list of requirements:

  1. Decide on the WCAG level required for the project and compile a list of the SC that it must meet.
  2. Compare with the list of MWBPs
  3. Using the document From WCAG 1.0 to MWBP 1.0: Making content that meets Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 also meet Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0, identify which MWBPs overlap (completely or partially) with the applicable SCs and those that must be considered alone.