Guide for web developers and managers

You can make sure your website follows Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0  (external website).

You can use the WAVE tool (web accessibility evaluation) (external link) to see if your website complies with the guidelines.

If you develop user agents such as browsers or media players, you can follow guidelines set out in the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 2.0 (external website) from W3C.

BS 8878:2010 Web accessibility code of practice. This is the first British standard to outline a framework for web accessibility when designing or commissioning web products.

Legal

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.

The Act includes discrimination against people with disabilities, and if a website is not accessible, it can fall foul of this part of the Act.

Charities such as the RNIB recommend that a website aims for ‘AA’ compliance and for UK government websites to achieve this.

Education

AccessIT has set out a curriculum for basic website creation in which website accessibility is an integral part. It emphasizes standards-based and accessible design, is cross-platform and vendor-neutral, and is freely available for teachers to use in their own classrooms

Their Web Design and Creation curriculum can be downloaded from their website.