Hands on a keyboard. Text reads: Make your content accessible with captions, transcripts and audio description. A guide to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

What are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines?

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) are a set of guidelines for creating accessible website content published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The guidelines cover a range of areas that, when complied with, make your content more user friendly, as well as accessible, to people with disabilities, including deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, blindness and low vision, mobility impairments and cognitive disabilities.

Levels of Compliance

Under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, time-based media, such as recorded videos, audio clips and live streamed webinars, are required to be made accessible through the use of closed captions, live captions, transcripts and audio description. The extent to which these need to be made accessible depends on which level of compliance is legislated in your country of operation. Under WCAG 2.0, there are 3 levels of compliance; Level A, Level AA and Level AAA.

Table showing the different requirements for WCAG compliance. For a text alternative, refer to http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/REC-WCAG20-20081211/#media-equiv