WCAG Review

Simple black and white checklist iconFor each of the success criteria, note whether your product satisfies it fully, partially, or not at all. If you’re not sure, review the sufficient, advisory, and failure techniques provided by the W3C. For any criteria that you don’t already meet, identify workarounds and develop a plan to address them.


Choose one of the following checklists:

  • WebAIM’s WCAG checklist: While not official, this checklist is much easier to read and understand than the official spec and techniques. It focuses on web content rendered via HTML. You can use this checklist for standard web content such as websites and simple web-based applications. It includes level AAA criteria, which are not required by UC's systemwide policy.
  • Official W3C checklist: This checklist is provided by the W3C. It is filterable by technology, conformance level, and more. Use this checklist for more complex web-based applications and non-HTML content.

UC's systemwide policy uses the WCAG 2.0 AA standard. The W3C has identified some gaps in the 2.0 standard, particularly in the area of cognitive and learning disabilities, low vision, and mobile applications / touch interfaces. WCAG 2.1 begins to address these gaps. We strongly recommend reviewing the 2.1 AA criteria and addressing as many as you can. The above checklists include both WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 criteria.

If desired, feel free to use the following checklist to track your progess while referencing one of the above WCAG checklists:

WCAG review Google sheet


  • RFP questionnaire: UC uses this questionnaire during the procurement process. It includes a WCAG 2.0 AA checklist.
  • WCAG 2.0 official documentation: Includes descriptions of each criterion, plus descriptions of techniques that satisfy the criterion (“sufficient”), that go beyond the criterion and improve user experience (“advisory”), and that fail the criterion (“failure”).
  • WCAG 2.1 official documentation: As above, but for WCAG 2.1.
  • New features in WCAG 2.1: Direct link to the criteria that have been added in WCAG 2.1.
  • WCAG 2.1: What is Next for Accessibility Guidelines: Blog post describing the process of creating the new WCAG recommendation. Scroll down to "The 17 WCAG 2.1 Success Criteria" for descriptions and information about who benefits from each criterion and how. Includes A and AA criteria.