Hi everyone, Richard here, Founder and CEO of AccessibiliBuddy. If you’ve been following accessibility news, you might have seen that the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 guidelines have been published and are expected to be ratified in June.
Following this announcement, here’s quick FAQ on what questions I’ve been getting from clients and other members of the web development community:
#4 is probably what worries me the most about this update. If you search ‘Accessibility Lawsuits‘, you’ll notice a few paid ads in the search results to agencies trying to convince you that you’re going to sued if your site isn’t accessible. While this could happen, and has been generating quite a bit of news over the last couple of years, it’s not THE reason to make your site accessible. Aside from it not being ‘fair’ to not have accessible websites, take a look at the stats on our About page and you’ll realize how large of market share you’re probably missing out on by not having accessible content on your site. It boils down to this:
It’s ROI positive for you to make your site Accessible. End of story.