About this guide

The aim of this guide is to encourage website developers, whether you work in-house or as an independent consultant, to acquire the sensitivity and skills needed to develop accessible websites and web content. As the legislated requirements for accessible websites come into effect in Ontario, the ability to create them will provide developers with opportunities to reach new clients, as well as better-serve their existing clients.

Section 1 of this guide provides a broad overview of the World Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the legislative requirements for accessible websites that have been introduced by the Province of Ontario.

Section 2 of the guide provides an overview of each of the four principles of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines; examples of how to apply the principles; and links to available resources. If you don't have the time to read this entire Guide, at the very least you should read Section 2. This will provide you with a general understanding of the four basic WCAG principles, and the context needed to understand everything that follows.

Section 3 includes some specific technical considerations that developers may want to review prior to beginning their project.

Section 4 includes some tips and strategies that should be considered from an organizational perspective. These tips and strategies should be shared with senior management or clients and reviewed by developers to better understand what may be expected from them.

Section 5 presents some brief conclusions and Section 6 provides readers with additional resources related to the development of accessible websites and web content.

The guide does not describe the detailed programming techniques necessary to create web content that meets the success criteria. That information is covered by other resources, for which links are provided.