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W3C Introduces New Method to Help Evaluate Websites

July 2014 – The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative published a new document to help developers assess the accessibility of websites in addition to web and mobile applications. Titled Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM), the document provides a methodology developers can use to test websites and apps for conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.  In general, WCAG 2.0 focuses on individual web pages. Given as a series of five steps, the guidelines walk developers through defining an evaluation scope, exploring the target website, selecting a representative sample of individual pages from the site, and auditing the sample. While the WCAG-EM does not replace WCAG 2.0, it provides a first step to evaluating more comprehensive websites.

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