WCAG Accessibility Guidelines

What Are WCAG Guidelines?

WCAG, or the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, is a set of internationally recognized guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines provide a comprehensive framework for creating accessible web content. Blazie’s team of experts is well-versed in WCAG guidelines and can help your organization navigate and implement them effectively.

As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, WCAG 2.1 is not a legal requirement in the UK. However, this doesn’t mean that accessibility is not a legal concern. The Equality Act 2010 in the UK places an emphasis on preventing discrimination, which includes the obligation to make reasonable adjustments for individuals with disabilities. These adjustments also apply to digital services, including websites and mobile applications.

While WCAG 2.1 is not mandated by law, it is recognized as a robust framework for demonstrating compliance with accessibility standards. It is essential for organizations aiming to meet legal obligations, minimize legal risks, and demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity. Blazie, a leader in digital accessibility, can support your organization in aligning with WCAG standards and making your digital content more accessible.

How Many WCAG Guidelines Are There?

WCAG guidelines are divided into four principles, each with a set of guidelines under them. As of my last update, there are 13 guidelines. Blazie offers comprehensive support in meeting each of these guidelines to ensure your digital content is fully accessible.

  • Perceivable: Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  • Operable: User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  • Understandable: Information and the operation of the user interface must be understandable.
  • Robust: Content must be robust enough that it can be reliably interpreted by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

Blazie’s team can help you meet these criteria effectively, ensuring compliance with WCAG guidelines.

Why WCAG Is Important

WCAG is crucial for various reasons:

  • Accessibility: It ensures that people with disabilities can access and use digital content, promoting inclusion.
  • Legal Compliance: Adhering to WCAG is a key step in meeting legal obligations related to accessibility. Blazie offers legal and compliance support to ensure your organization stays on the right side of the law.
  • User Experience: Accessibility improvements often enhance the user experience for all users. Blazie can provide user experience assessments to optimize your digital content.
  • Business Benefits: Accessible content can expand your audience, improve your brand reputation, and minimize legal risks. Blazie’s services encompass the full range of benefits, from business consulting to accessibility testing.

Why Web Accessibility Matters

Web accessibility matters because it ensures that the internet is available and usable by all individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. It’s a matter of social responsibility and legal obligation. Accessibility benefits people with disabilities, but it also enhances usability and the user experience for everyone. Blazie is committed to creating a digital world that is accessible to all users.

WCAG Guidelines Checklist

A WCAG checklist can help you assess your website’s accessibility. It includes various criteria under each guideline to test if your content meets accessibility standards. Here’s a simplified checklist:


  • Provide text alternatives for non-text content.
  • Offer captions for multimedia.
  • Ensure adaptable content.


  • Create keyboard-accessible content.
  • Provide users with enough time to read and use content.
  • Avoid content that could cause seizures.


  • Make text content readable and understandable.
  • Operate and navigate content consistently.
  • Help users avoid and correct mistakes.


  • Maximize compatibility with current and future user agents. Blazie’s experienced team can work closely with your organization to ensure every item on this checklist is met.

How Blazie Can Support WCAG Accessibility

Blazie, a leading name in the field of accessibility consulting, can provide comprehensive support for your organization’s journey to achieve WCAG accessibility. Our services include:

  • WCAG Compliance Audits: We conduct in-depth audits of your digital content to identify areas that require improvement to meet WCAG guidelines.
  • Accessibility Training: We offer training programs for your team to ensure they understand the principles of accessibility and how to apply them.
  • Accessibility Strategy: We can help you develop and implement a robust accessibility strategy for your organization.
  • User Testing: Our team performs user testing to ensure that the accessibility improvements made align with real user needs.
  • Ongoing Support: We provide continuous support to keep users satisfied and ensure that their accessibility needs are always met.

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