What is the EU Web Accessibility Directive?
The goal of the EU Web Accessibility Directive is to provide web users with disabilities better access to public sector websites.
Effective from 22 December 2016, it has varying deadlines for compliance. An accessibility statement is required on all affected websites.
Which parts of my websites are exempt?
There are many complex exemptions including:
- PDF maps
- Intranets/extranets not substantially updated before 23 September 2019
- pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020
- live audio and video
- PDFs published before 23 September 2018 that are not used for an administrative function.
If you have any of the items in this (non-exhaustive) list they should be included in your accessibility statement.
How does Silktide help me achieve WCAG 2.1 AA standards compliance?
Silktide’s platform automatically tests all your websites against the WCAG 2.1 (and WCAG 2.0) standards, and presents you with remedial actions and educational information to help you become more accessible.
We’re able to automatically test all unambiguous success criteria, and we also cover the mobile device accessibility requirements introduced on the most recent WCAG 2.1 standards.
Our platform also highlights areas of your site which require a manual check, because not every WCAG success criterion can be checked by a computer.
The WCAG 2.1 legislation is written in such an inaccessible way. Unless you are incredibly skilled and know what they’re talking about, a lot of it makes no sense. Silktide translates it and it takes the pain out of us having to identify what it meant.
– Neil Wood, Breckland Council
I can categorically say that we’d never have got as far as we have in terms of accessibility without Silktide.
– Andrew Kemp, Orkney Islands Council