What is WCAG 2.1?

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On December 11, 2008, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 was released, taking its place as the gold standard for web accessibility. WCAG, created by the world's experts in the field of web accessibility, is known by the Department of Justice for offering the most highly regarded guideline basis for web accessibility. WCAG 2.1 has been a highly anticipated update to the somewhat outdated WCAG 2.0, as it did not take into account modern technological advances in web development, smartphones, and assistive technology.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) officially released WCAG 2.1 on June 5, 2018. WCAG 2.1 serves the purpose of being an even more advanced set of guidelines for creating a more accessible World Wide Web. WCAG 2.1 focuses mainly on creating accessible websites for people with low vision or blindness, hearing loss or deafness, physical or cognitive disabilities, as well as online users with photo sensitivity or speech disabilities. WCAG 2.1 also places major emphasis on website accessibility via mobile devices, as they are becoming more prevalent.

Mobile responsiveness and the user's ability to interpret and utilize web content regardless of the device is vital to accessibility. This is one of the most important updates found in WCAG 2.1, as its predecessor WCAG 2.0 does not mention mobile responsiveness. OMNICOMMANDER has consistently led the way in exceptional mobile responsive web design, and has marked its place as the industry leading provider for financial technology for credit unions. OMNICOMMANDER is ecstatic that this monumental step for the progression of accessibility is finally recognized in WCAG 2.1.

OMNICOMMANDER has vastly studied and incorporated the new web accessibility standards that WCAG 2.1 established, as well as ensured that all clients are adhering and are in compliance. OMNICOMMANDER is proud to say that we were implementing a majority of the updates set forth in WCAG 2.1 significantly before its release to the public. A portion of these updates include modifications regarding mobile responsiveness, screen orientation, and line spacing. As one of the most proactive financial technology firms in the world, OMNICOMMANDER is actively involved in discussions with accessibility experts worldwide regarding the creation of upcoming releases to WCAG 2.2/3.0, as well as Silver (AG), the upcoming new standard for accessibility guidelines.

If your current provider is relying on widgets and automated tools to ensure your websites' conformance of accessibility guidelines, they are likely not leaving every compliance stone unturned. Automated tools are no longer an acceptable form of validating accessibility. In order to accurately test your website's accessibility to users with disabilities, it is crucial that you perform manual testing.  OMNICOMMANDER is proud to say that we employ two blind individuals who perform manual testing on all web content (websites) and non-web related content (documents), ensuring that it is readable and comprehendible with assistive technology. 

Bottom line: If you are currently questioning whether your website or website provider has the expertise to ensure the safe and soundness of your online real estate, OMNICOMMANDER can give you the peace of mind that you are seeking. We know it. We live it. We breathe it. 

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