You may be wondering where the standards to ensure long-term accessible growth of the web come from — The World Wide Web Consortium, also known as W3C. W3C is an international community where full-time staff, member organizations and the public work together to develop web standards and practices. W3C’s primary goal is to make web benefits available to all people, regardless of language, geographical location, culture, or physical or mental ability, through the use of outreach, education, software development and open forums.
Standards, Best Practices, Guidelines and Specifications
W3C develops guidelines and technical specifications. They do so through a process designed to improve the content of their technical report, to ensure maximum editorial and technical quality and to earn an endorsement by the broader community, as well as by W3C. As the world wide web grows, W3C’s recommendations evolves along with it, so it is important to routinely monitor new publications to ensure updated recommendations are being followed.
Through the process of researching Web Accessibility, you may have heard about WCAG 2.1 — these are the standards W3C has set forth. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 provides recommendations and best practices to ensure web content is more accessible. By following these guidelines, not only will your business or organization benefit from great reviews and more traffic to your website, it will also provide equal access for people with disabilities. WCAG also offers guidelines for web content on desktops, mobile devices and tablets, as today’s society expands and technology continues to advance
If your website follows these standards established by W3C, your business is set for success in more ways than one.