Checkpoint Mapping Between WCAG 1.0 and the WCAG 2.0 Working Draft

This mapping shows where the WCAG 1.0 checkpoints appear in the 10 June 2003 Working Draft. The WCAG 2.0 Working Draft is prepared by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) to show how more generalized (less HTML-specific) WCAG checkpoints might read. The Working Draft is not based on consensus of the WCAG Working Group nor has it gone through W3C process. Checkpoints in the WCAG 2.0 Working Draft in no way supersede the checkpoints in WCAG 1.0.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group is working carefully to enable organizations and individuals that are currently using WCAG 1.0 (which remains stable and referenceable at this time) to ensure that they will eventually be able to make a smooth transition to WCAG 2.0.

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Checkpoint ID WCAG 2.0 Working Draft
(10 June 2003)
WCAG 1.0
text-equiv Checkpoint: 1.1 [CORE] All non-text content that can be expressed in words has a text equivalent of the function or information that the non-text content was intended to convey. [was 1.1]
  • 1.1 Provide a text equivalent for every non-text element (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content). This includes: images, graphical representations of text (including symbols), image map regions, animations (e.g., animated GIFs), applets and programmatic objects, ascii art, frames, scripts, images used as list bullets, spacers, graphical buttons, sounds (played with or without user interaction), stand-alone audio files, audio tracks of video, and video. [Priority 1]
media-equiv Checkpoint: 1.2 [CORE] Synchronized media equivalents are provided for time-dependent presentations. [was 1.2]
  • 1.3 Until user agents can automatically read aloud the text equivalent of a visual track, provide an auditory description of the important information of the visual track of a multimedia presentation. [Priority 1]
  • 1.4 For any time-based multimedia presentation (e.g., a movie or animation), synchronize equivalent alternatives (e.g., captions or auditory descriptions of the visual track) with the presentation. [Priority 1]
content-structure-separation Checkpoint: 1.3 [CORE] Both [information/substance] and structure are separable from presentation. [was 1.3]
  • 2.1 Ensure that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. [Priority 1]
  • 3.3 Use style sheets to control layout and presentation. [Priority 2]
unambiguous-decoding Checkpoint: 1.4 [CORE] All characters and words in the content can be unambiguously decoded. [was 1.6] N/A
structure-emphasis Checkpoint: 1.5 [EXTENDED] Structure has been made perceivable to more people through presentation(s), positioning, and labels. [was 1.4]
  • 10.2 Until user agents support explicit associations between labels and form controls, for all form controls with implicitly associated labels, ensure that the label is properly positioned. [Priority 2]
  • 12.4 Associate labels explicitly with their controls. [Priority 2]
visual-audio-contrast Checkpoint: 1.6 [EXTENDED] Foreground content is easily differentiable from background for both auditory and visual default presentations. [was 1.5]
  • 2.2 Ensure that foreground and background color combinations provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having color deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen. [Priority 2 for images, Priority 3 for text].
keyboard-operation Checkpoint: 2.1 [CORE] All functionality is operable at a minimum through a keyboard or a keyboard interface. [was 2.1]
  • 6.4 For scripts and applets, ensure that event handlers are input device-independent. [Priority 2]
  • 9.3 For scripts, specify logical event handlers rather than device-dependent event handlers. [Priority 2]
time-limits Checkpoint: 2.2 [CORE] Users can control any time limits on their reading, interaction, or responses unless control is not possible due to nature of real time events or competition. [was 2.2]
  • 7.2 Until user agents allow users to control blinking, avoid causing content to blink (i.e., change presentation at a regular rate, such as turning on and off). [Priority 2]
  • 7.3 Until user agents allow users to freeze moving content, avoid movement in pages. [Priority 2]
  • 7.4 Until user agents provide the ability to stop the refresh, do not create periodically auto-refreshing pages. [Priority 2]
  • 7.5 Until user agents provide the ability to stop auto-redirect, do not use markup to redirect pages automatically. Instead, configure the server to perform redirects. [Priority 2]
flicker Checkpoint: 2.3 [CORE] User can avoid experiencing screen flicker. [was 2.3]
  • 7.1 Until user agents allow users to control flickering, avoid causing the screen to flicker. [Priority 1]
navigation-mechanisms Checkpoint: 2.4 [EXTENDED] Structure and/or alternate navigation mechanisms have been added to facilitate orientation and movement in content. [was 3.1 and 3.2]
  • 3.5 Use header elements to convey document structure and use them according to specification. [Priority 2]
  • 3.6 Mark up lists and list items properly. [Priority 2]
  • 5.1 For data tables, identify row and column headers. [Priority 1]
  • 5.2 For data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers, use markup to associate data cells and header cells. [Priority 1]
  • 9.4 Create a logical tab order through links, form controls, and objects. [Priority 3]
  • 9.5 Provide keyboard shortcuts to important links (including those in client-side image maps), form controls, and groups of form controls. [Priority 3]
  • 12.1 Title each frame to facilitate frame identification and navigation. [Priority 1]
  • 12.2 Describe the purpose of frames and how frames relate to each other if it is not obvious by frame titles alone. [Priority 2]
  • 12.3 Divide large blocks of information into more manageable groups where natural and appropriate. [Priority 2]
  • 13.2 Provide metadata to add semantic information to pages and sites. [Priority 2] (if 1.4 is modified to include semantics)
  • 13.3 Provide information about the general layout of a site (e.g., a site map or table of contents). [Priority 2]
  • 13.5 Provide navigation bars to highlight and give access to the navigation mechanism. [Priority 3]
  • 13.9 Provide information about document collections (i.e., documents comprising multiple pages.). [Priority 3]
minimize-error Checkpoint: 2.5 [EXTENDED] Methods are provided to minimize error and provide graceful recovery. [was 3.5]
  • 13.7 If search functions are provided, enable different types of searches for different skill levels and preferences. [Priority 3]
language Checkpoint: 3.1 [CORE] Language of content can be programmatically determined.[was 1.6 partial]
  • 4.1 Clearly identify changes in the natural language of a document's text and any text equivalents (e.g., captions). [Priority 1]
  • 4.3 Identify the primary natural language of a document. [Priority 3]
acronym-abbr-def Checkpoint: 3.2 [CORE] ?? The definition of abbreviations and acronyms can be unambiguously determined. [was 4.3]
  • 4.2 Specify the expansion of each abbreviation or acronym in a document where it first occurs. [Priority 3]
  • 5.5 Provide summaries for tables. [Priority 3]
  • 5.6 Provide abbreviations for header labels. [Priority 3]
content-complexity Checkpoint: 3.3 [EXTENDED] Content is written to be no more complex than is necessary and/or supplement with simpler forms of the content. [was 4.1 and 4.2]
  • 13.8 Place distinguishing information at the beginning of headings, paragraphs, lists, etc. [Priority 3]
  • 14.1 Use the clearest and simplest language appropriate for a site's content. [Priority 1]
  • 14.2 Supplement text with graphic or auditory presentations where they will facilitate comprehension of the page. [Priority 3]
consistent-behavior Checkpoint: 3.4 [EXTENDED] Layout and behavior of content is consistent or predictable, but not identical. [was 3.3 and 3.4]
  • 10.1 Until user agents allow users to turn off spawned windows, do not cause pop-ups or other windows to appear and do not change the current window without informing the user. [Priority 2]
  • 13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link. [Priority 2]
  • 13.4 Use navigation mechanisms in a consistent manner. [Priority 2]
  • 14.3 Create a style of presentation that is consistent across pages. [Priority 3]
use-spec Checkpoint: 4.1 [CORE] Technologies are used according to specification [was 5.1]
  • 3.2 Create documents that validate to published formal grammars. [Priority 2]
  • 3.7 Mark up quotations. Do not use quotation markup for formatting effects such as indentation. [Priority 2]
  • 5.3 Do not use tables for layout unless the table makes sense when linearized. Otherwise, if the table does not make sense, provide an alternative equivalent (which may be a linearized version). [Priority 2]
  • 5.4 If a table is used for layout, do not use any structural markup for the purpose of visual formatting. [Priority 2]
  • 11.2 Avoid deprecated features of W3C technologies. [Priority 2]
declare-technology Checkpoint: 4.2 [EXTENDED] ?? Technologies that are relied upon by the content are declared and widely available.[was 5.2]
  • 6.1 Organize documents so they may be read without style sheets. For example, when an HTML document is rendered without associated style sheets, it must still be possible to read the document. [Priority 1]
  • 6.3 Ensure that pages are usable when scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects are turned off or not supported. If this is not possible, provide equivalent information on an alternative accessible page. [Priority 1]
  • 6.5 Ensure that dynamic content is accessible or provide an alternative presentation or page. [Priority 2]
  • 10.3 Until user agents (including assistive technologies) render side-by-side text correctly, provide a linear text alternative (on the current page or some other) for all tables that lay out text in parallel, word-wrapped columns. [Priority 3]
  • 11.4 If, after best efforts, you cannot create an accessible page, provide a link to an alternative page that uses W3C technologies, is accessible, has equivalent information (or functionality), and is updated as often as the inaccessible (original) page. [Priority 1]
technology-supports-access Checkpoint: 4.3 [EXTENDED] ?? Technologies used for presentation and user interface support accessibility or alternate versions of the content are provided that do support accessibility.[was 5.3 and 5.4]
  • 3.1 When an appropriate markup language exists, use markup rather than images to convey information. [Priority 2]
  • 8.1 Make programmatic elements such as scripts and applets directly accessible or compatible with assistive technologies [Priority 1 if functionality is important and not presented elsewhere, otherwise Priority 2.]
  • 9.2 Ensure that any element that has its own interface can be operated in a device-independent manner. [Priority 2]
  • 11.1 Use W3C technologies when they are available and appropriate for a task and use the latest versions when supported.
N/A HTML Techniques
  • 1.2 Provide redundant text links for each active region of a server-side image map. [Priority 1]
  • 1.5 Until user agents render text equivalents for client-side image map links, provide redundant text links for each active region of a client-side image map. [Priority 3]
  • 9.1 Provide client-side image maps instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape. [Priority 1]
  • 10.4 Until user agents handle empty controls correctly, include default, place-holding characters in edit boxes and text areas. [Priority 3] (could create a transformation that inserts place-holding characters into the forms)
  • 10.5 Until user agents (including assistive technologies) render adjacent links distinctly, include non-link, printable characters (surrounded by spaces) between adjacent links. [Priority 3]
N/A Core Techniques
  • 3.4 Use relative rather than absolute units in markup language attribute values and style sheet property values. [Priority 2]
  • 13.6 Group related links, identify the group (for user agents), and, until user agents do so, provide a way to bypass the group. [Priority 3]
  • 13.10 Provide a means to skip over multi-line ASCII art. [Priority 3]
N/A Server-side Techniques
  • 6.2 Ensure that equivalents for dynamic content are updated when the dynamic content changes. [Priority 1]
  • 11.3 Provide information so that users may receive documents according to their preferences (e.g., language, content type, etc.) [Priority 3]


$Date: 2003/06/10 15:45:57 $ Ben Caldwell