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Re: WCAG and various Laws


From: Simius Puer
Date: Mar 30, 2010 8:57AM

> The COI guidance to UK government departments has been updated to read
> "Compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines is acceptable at
> Level Double-A of version 1.0 or the equivalent level in version 2.0."

Thanks for that Steve - must have missed that one being issued *looks rather

That is however only aimed at the public sector websites - the Code of
Practice that goes along with the DDA is a different set of documents. The
latest CoPs can be found here:

Regarding the debate on what is "equivalent" between WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 - the
technical detail is a little bit of a mute point, although it obviously
needs to be addressed if you are moving the compliance focus from one to the
other. AA from WCAG 1.0 is the same as AA in WCAG 2.0 in the broad terms of
which disability groups it is trying to cater for, which in my opinion, is
the most important factor when addressing accessibility rather than looking
at individual checkpoints.