Conformance evaluation determines how well web pages or applications meet accessibility standards. W3C’s Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) is an approach for determining conformance to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
- WCAG-EM Overview: Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology
- A short page with basic information to get you started. We suggest you read it before going to the full WCAG-EM document.
- WCAG-EM Report Tool: Website Accessibility Evaluation Report Generator
- Helps you generate evaluation reports according to WCAG-EM. It does not do the checking for you. It helps you follow the steps of WCAG-EM and it generates a report from the input you provide.
- Template for Web Accessibility Evaluation Reports
- Suggests information to include in a report.
- ATAG Report Tool
- Helps you generate a report on how a tool meets Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG). Authoring tools are software and services used to create web content – such as content management systems (CMS) and what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) HTML editors.
Communicate the results of evaluation clearly, including the scope of the evaluation.
Related resources are described in: Evaluating Web Accessibility Overview
Alternatives for Conformance Evaluation Overview Video
This video is also available on a W3C server: Video: Conformance Evaluation Overview (file format: MP4, file size: 30MB).
Text Transcript with Description of Visuals for Conformance Evaluation Overview Video
The videos have basic animation that illustrates what is said by an off-screen voice. People are represented by icon figures.
|Web accessibility conformance evaluation.||Web accessibility conformance evaluation.|
|Conformance evaluation determines how well your content meets specific accessibility standards, such as the "W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines", or "WCAG" for short.||Conformance evaluation. A progress bar is filled until meets the WCAG.|
|Often you'll want to do conformance evaluation:
||Icons for each stage: open box with a check mark; round "i"; magnifying glass on a computer; and shopping trolley.|
||All icons are integrated in a skyrocket icon. A document with the list of accessibility issues.|
|To do effective conformance evaluation, you need expertise in:
||Icons are shown in turn: conformation evaluation words; award ribbon; paint brush and coding icon; assistive technologies icons; and finally people figures.|
|You'll probably also want to use evaluation tools to be more efficient.||A tool box with a gauge moving up.|
|"WCAG-EM", the "Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology", provides a structure for your evaluation process.||WCAG-EM, Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology. A magnifying glass with the word accessibility.|
|It describes a process to:
||Text boxes load one after the other: define scope; explore assets; select sample; evaluate sample; and report findings.|
|WCAG-EM also recommends involving real users with disabilities during evaluation, to help you address the real-life experience of your website users.||A person in front of a computer displaying a website. Passes and fails are marked.|
|The open source WCAG-EM Report Tool helps you follow the methodology, record the outcomes, and download a report of your evaluation.||WCAG-EM Report Tool. A progress bar shows the various stages of the evaluation methodology. A record document is displayed in the computer screen and downloaded.|
|Web accessibility: essential for some, useful for all.||Icons around a computer: hand; eye; brain; ear; and mouth with sound waves.|
|For information on web accessibility conformance evaluation, visit w3.o-r-g/W-A-I/evaluation.||Conformance Evaluation, W3C and Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) logos.|