1.2.5 Complying with WCAG 2.0 — some stumbling blocks

A woman designing colour graphics with a computer. She has printed colour samples to use as design-aids.

From a technical standpoint, there is little or nothing in WCAG 2.0 that you as a professional web developer will find difficult to put into practice.

Problems may occur if you do not fully understand the underlying intent of a guideline or the subtleties of using a particular technique to satisfy a success criterion. Training on accessible design and becoming aware of how people with disabilities use the web can reduce these problems. Commercial training for accessible web design is also available in the marketplace.

Problems may also crop up if there is a discrepancy between what is being requested and what you, the developer, know will be accessible. For example, when developing an accessible website you may be given a colour palette by the organization that does not meet the required contrast levels identified in the guidelines. You may not be comfortable substituting a suitable colour scheme. However, in this case you can remind the project manager of the legal requirement to provide an accessible website and suggest colours that will do the job.