New web guidelines – June 2018

Version 2.1 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) was published on 5 June 2018. The guidelines make web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities and in doing so they make content accessible for everybody. Just look at colour contrast – if the contrast of text on a background is not strong enough then everyone finds it difficult to read.

image showing colour contrast of text on backgrounds

Alexander Skogbery’s article on the new guidelines gives a great explanation and summary of the new criteria. For example guideline ‘1.4.10 Reflow’ states that users must be able to browse a website using a 320 pixel wide screen without having to scroll horizontally.

Bristol Usability Group is a friendly group for the South West of the UK and run an excellent conference called UXBristol every year in the summer (this year’s has just happened).

Alexander Skogbery’s blog about WCAG 2.1
WCAG 2.1 official guidelines