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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Checklist

Editor's Draft 9 August 2005

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Ben Caldwell, Trace R&D Center


The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Checklist serves as an appendix to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 [WCAG20]. It lists all of the success criteria from WCAG 2.0 in a checkable list. The level of each success criterion is provided as well as a link to WCAG 2.0 for more information for each success criterion. For many readers, the Checklist provides a quick reference and overview to the information in WCAG 2.0.

Status of this Document

This document is for review by the WCAG WG and is subject to change without notice. This document has no formal standing within W3C. Please consult the group's home page and the W3C technical reports index for information about the latest publications by this group.

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.

Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

This document will be published as a W3C Recommendation at the time that WCAG 2.0 becomes a W3C Recommendation. Since the Checklist is essential to many people's use of WCAG 2.0, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) encourages feedback about this Working Draft. In particular, is the information presented clearly? Is this format an effective tool to help determine conformance to WCAG 2.0? Please use the WCAG 2.0 Checklist to a review a site and provide feedback about the usefulness of the Checklist for a review process. Please send comments about this document to the public-comments-wcag20@w3.org. The archives for this list are publicly available. Archives of the WCAG WG mailing list are also publicly available.

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This document has been produced as part of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The goals of the WCAG WG are discussed in the Working Group charter. The WCAG WG is part of the WAI Technical Activity.


Note: To reduce the length of this document, some normative information about success criteria does not appear in the checklist below. Please refer to the guidelines document for additional information.


Guideline 1.1: Provide text alternatives for all non-text content.
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Guideline 1.2: Provide synchronized alternatives for multimedia.
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Guideline 1.3: Ensure that information, functionality, and structure can be separated from presentation.
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Guideline 1.4: Make it easy to distinguish foreground information from background images or sounds.
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Guideline 2.1: Make all functionality operable via a keyboard interface.
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Guideline 2.2: Allow users to control time limits on their reading or interaction.
Satisfied Success Criterion Comments

2.2 L1 SC1:

  • the user is allowed to deactivate the time-out or;

  • the user is allowed to adjust the time-out over a wide range which is at least ten times the length of the default setting or;

  • the user is warned before time expires, allowed to extend the time-out with a simple action (for example, "hit any key") and given at least 20 seconds to respond or;

  • the time-out is an important part of a real-time event (for example, an auction), and no alternative to the time-out is possible or;

  • the time-out is part of an activity where timing is essential (for example, competitive gaming or time-based testing) and time limits can not be extended further without invalidating the activity.


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Guideline 2.3: Allow users to avoid content that could cause seizures due to photosensitivity.
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Guideline 2.4: Provide mechanisms to help users find content, orient themselves within it, and navigate through it.
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Guideline 2.5: Help users avoid mistakes and make it easy to correct them.
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2.5 L2 SC3:

  1. Actions are reversible.

  2. Actions are checked for errors before going on to the next step in the process.

  3. The user is able to review and confirm or correct information before submitting it.


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Guideline 3.1: Make text content readable and understandable.
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  1. A text summary that requires reading ability no higher than primary education level.

  2. Graphical illustrations of concepts or processes that must be understood in order to use the content.

  3. A spoken version of the text content.

Guideline 3.2: Make the placement and functionality of content predictable.
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Guideline 4.2: Ensure that user interfaces are accessible or provide an accessible alternative(s)
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4.2 L1 SC2:

  1. Content that violates Computer adapted ITC Guidance for general flash or Computer adapted ITC Guidance for red flash is marked in a way that the user can avoid its appearance.

  2. If the user can enter the content using the keyboard, then the user can exit the content using the keyboard.


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Appendix A References

"Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0," B. Caldwell, W. Chisholm, J. White, and G. Vanderheiden, eds., W3C Working Draft 30 June 2005. This W3C Working Draft is available at http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-WCAG20-20050630. The latest version of WCAG 2.0 is available at http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/