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Page author(s): VConway | Vivienne Conway
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Accreditation, Accessibility, Certification
There has been discussion about how accessible websites are accredited. Some methods involve an external accreditation groups, using the W3C WCAG 2.0 certificate, and self-accreditation schemes.
Does the fact that a website accreditation necessarily guarantee that a website is accessible? This is probably not the case. We should look at which accreditation schemes are most reliable, and how often a website should be re-evaluated. There is also the problem that websites are evaluated on a page by page basis. Some websites are mostly WCAG 2.0 A compliant, with a number of the pages being at a greater or lesser level of compliance. Information currently states that this website is therefore compliant only to the lowest page level.
- Which accreditation schemes are most effective?
- Is the W3C certificate being misused? If so, how can this be monitored?
- Are there valid external accreditation schemes, and how are they monitored?
- How often should a website be re-evaluated?
"New EU legal framework for accreditation" http://www.ukas.com/technical-information/international-role/New-EU-legal-framework-for-accreditation.asp
"Europa : Web Accessibility Policy" http://europa.eu/geninfo/accessibility_policy_en.htm
"WebAIM: Accessible Site Certification" http://webaim.org/services/certification/
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