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).

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