2.2 has been released as draft for review. Interesting too that Personas listing different fictional people is provided as usability baseline. This is much like what the
University of Cambridge did with their Personas.
One change is reduction of level for Focus Visible. Several of the WCAG elements have been used in the ADA Guidelines but WCAG generally does not apply verbatim for closed systems such as kiosks. Many of the areas that WCAG 2.1 addresses are also addressed in ADA and Section 508 so in a virtual sense there is some applicability.
Here are the changes:
This page lists the
proposed new success criteria for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2.
It includes quotes from personas (fictional people) to help you understand some aspects of the success criteria. It also includes links to Understanding documents that explain the success criteria in detail and provide more examples.
Changes from WCAG 2.1 to WCAG 2.2
All success criteria from 2.0 and 2.1 are included in 2.2. The 2.0 and 2.1 success criteria are exactly the same (verbatim, word-for-word) in 2.2.
One changed level: is changed from Level AA in WCAG 2.1 to Level A in WCAG 2.2. 2.4.7 Focus Visible
The WCAG 2.2 Draft provides 9 additional success criteria from WCAG 2.1. They are included on this page.
Changes to the 2.2 Draft
Changes from the May 2021 Working Draft to the September 2022 Candidate Recommendation Draft include:
Added “Focus Not Obscured (Minimum) (AA)” and “Focus Not Obscured (Enhanced) (AAA)”.
Updated “Focus Appearance (AA)” and removed “Focus Appearance (Enhanced) (AAA)”.
After “Accessible Authentication (AA)”, added “Accessible Authentication (No Exception) (AAA)”
Removed “Visible Controls” (because we did not get agreement on what the visual indicator would need to be). We plan to add this to
Supplemental Guidance. Removed “Page Break Navigation” (because we did not get agreement on the level of granularity required for the page-break markers). We plan to add this to
Previous changes are listed in the
Here is an explanation of Levels
Level A – Considered the least strict, Level A success criteria are essential for every website. If your website doesn’t conform with WCAG Level A, it may have serious accessibility issues that prevent users with disabilities from using it.
Level AA – Websites that conform with WCAG Level AA can be considered reasonably accessible for most users. Most websites should aim for Level AA conformance. To meet this goal, content must conform with all Level AA and Level A success criteria.
Level AAA – Digital content that conforms with WCAG Level AAA is considered optimally accessible. To earn Level AAA conformance, content must pass every guideline in WCAG (including Level AA and Level A success criteria). However, some Level AAA success criteria are extremely strict, and some types of content cannot conform with every guideline at this level.