[Athen] WCAG 2.0 versus 2.1

joe at a11yeval.com joe at a11yeval.com
Wed Oct 2 16:42:14 PDT 2019

Hi Carrie,

VPATs and very few other documents verify compliance, that is a legal term.
Most accessibility documentation indicates perceived levels of conformance
with WCAG or other guidelines/standards.

A VPAT does not ensure conformance, it still needs to be verified
independently, preferably with actual users of AT software.

It will depend on what standard or law you are verifying accessibility

It would be potentially conformant with WCAG 2.0 AA which is still a good

Most companies I work with now need or are trying to work toward conformance
with WCAG 2.1 AA, but conforming first to WCAG 2.0 AA helps make that a lot
easier and ensures at least some level of accessibility.


Joe Humbert

Accessibility Advocate

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf
Of Million, Carrie
Sent: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:51 PM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Athen] WCAG 2.0 versus 2.1

Possible dumb question:

If a software passes WCAG 2.0 AA, but NOT WCAG 2.1 AA per their VPAT, is it
still considered in compliance?


Carrie Million

Assistive Technology Specialist

DSS Department Chair

DSS Tutoring Coordinator

321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


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