What is WCAG 2.1 AA for accessibility in real estate

If you’re here on this forum, you are likely researching accessibility for your real estate website.

One of the many acronyms you have likely come across is WCAG which stands for “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines”

And of course, you have no doubt come across references to 2.0, 2.1 A, AA, AAA etc.

So what are these acronyms and numbers?

Well, it’s pretty simple to understand but also a LOT to take in. Here is a primer for you:

WCAG guidelines are a collaborative effort from a lot of really awesome webmasters who decided they wanted to make the web better (by making it more accessible) - they created WCAG as their own set of guidelines or suggestions that others could freely follow.

They did such a great job, that their work because known as the standard to which all other webmasters and organizations started to refer. These guidelines are so robust and helpful that they are now being used by government bodies when making laws around accessibility as the referred to guidelines for testing whether a website is accessible or not.

Note: WCAG is NOT produced by or maintained by any countries legal body.

So basically what it comes down to is the US and Canadian governments (among others) now refer to this standard as the “test” to see if your website is accessible or not. Simple right?

Ok, the complex part is the guidelines themselves. You can find them here: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/

When you go there, you will realize that there is a LOT you need to do in order to make sure your website is accessible AND there are levels (A, AA, AAA etc)

I won’t get into the details of what all these elements are or why you need to do them here (there are too many, and quite frankly not enough will have bearing to your use case) but if you do have specific questions on WCAG or how it might apply to you, please ask them below. We are happy to answer.

And yes, the new #Renaissance platform does conform to WCAG Guidelines, so if you haven’t and haven’t customized, you should be all good :slight_smile: