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WCAG 2 FAQ Notes

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This is an internal planning page.
Please see the published WCAG 2 FAQ.

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Goals, etc.

  • clarify role of techniques, address misunderstandings
  • clarify issues with WCAG 2 ISO
  • focus on current issues, e.g., lower Is WCAG done and comparison to WCAG 1 sections

Note: consider along with update to WCAG Overview


WCAG 2 ISO draft

This is an internal planning page. Please see the published WCAG 2 FAQ. In the FAQ is information about ISO/IEC 40500 and WCAG 2.0.

{Q: [Tell me about] WCAG 2 ISO?}

WCAG 2.0 [is expected to be] approved as an ISO standard: ISO/IEC @@DIS 40500 Information technology -- W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

ISO 40500 is exactly the same as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), which is available online at

For an overview of WCAG and links to supporting resources that provide practical advice for meeting WCAG 2.0, see the WCAG Overview.

{Adoption of} WCAG 2.0 as an ISO standard benefits countries and organizations that are more easily able to {adopt} ISO standards. Countries that previously adapted WCAG 2.0 may now be able to adopt WCAG 2.0 as is through the ISO document.

WCAG 2.0 is available in multiple languages from WCAG 2.0 Translations.

If you want more information on W3C and the ISO process, see W3C PAS FAQ.


Issue: Some people wrongly think that:

  • the techniques are the basis for meeting WCAG, instead of the SC
  • you must use the sufficient techniques
  • you can only use the sufficient techniques and not other ways to meet the SC
  • if you fail a test in a technique, you fail WCAG 2

Current coverage of Techniques:

Questions: Do you think the right explanation is in those places? Does it need to be explained better? Or, are people just not finding it there?

Clarifying misunderstandings: Maybe we should refine a good explanation and then put it in the FAQ or elsewhere, and then do a promotional campaign just around that one issue - explaining the techniques... or while we're at it, see if there are other WCAG misunderstandings we want to clear up, too... (I'm imagining a short video explaining it, too - but that's wishlist.)

Draft content further addressing issue

archived notes:

Some wording we drafted then deleted elsewhere: WCAG Techniques give specific guidance for developers on how to develop accessible web content. The techniques are "informative", that is, you do not have to use them. The basis for determining conformance to WCAG 2.0 is the success criteria from the WCAG 2.0 standard, not the techniques. To learn more about techniques, see About the Techniques.

This is an internal planning page.
Please see the published WCAG 2 FAQ.