All about WCAG 2.2 for educational publishers

October 2024 marks the deadline for UK public services to comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 for digital content. While legally mandated for the public sector, these guidelines benefit all organizations. Implementing them enhances usability for everyone, leading to more inclusive digital experiences.
Adoption of these standards by commercial organizations, especially educational publishers, will positively impact everyone involved in an educational journey. It can enhance students’ experience and engagement, broaden audience reach, and ensure compliance with broader accessibility standards.

We believe that understanding and implementing WCAG 2.2 guidelines is becoming imperative for educational publishers and content creators to ensure their digital educational content is accessible to all. Why wait for regulators to force the standards when you can be a leader of educational digital accessibility?

If you’d like to explore how to effectively incorporate these essential accessibility features, we invite you to read our in-depth blog post. Then, you can decide whether to contact our experts for a free consultation.

Understanding WCAG 2.2 and Its Importance

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.2 introduces new success criteria that enhance web accessibility for a broader range of users. These updates focus on improving the usability of web content for individuals with cognitive and motor impairments, as well as those with visual disabilities. With the introduction of WCAG 2.2 requirements, educational publishers and content creators ought to ensure their digital educational resources and websites meet these updated standards.

Leverage our 20+ years of expertise in creating accessible eContent. For a detailed understanding of these new guidelines, download our comprehensive WCAG 2.2 Compliance Guidebook.

Key Changes in WCAG 2.2

WCAG 2.2 includes several important updates:

  • Focus Not Obscured (2.4.11): Ensures that keyboard focus indicators are not hidden by other content.
  • Dragging Movements (2.5.7): Provides alternatives to dragging gestures, making interactions accessible to users with motor disabilities.
  • Target Size (2.5.8): Introduces minimum target sizes for interactive elements to prevent accidental activations.
  • Accessible Authentication (3.3.8): Simplifies authentication processes, eliminating the need for memory-based or cognitive tests.

These updates build on the existing WCAG 2.1 framework, enhancing accessibility for users with varying needs and ensuring a more inclusive digital environment.

WCAG 2.2. Compliance Requirements in the UK

As the Government Digital Service (GDS) claims on its website, public digital services must achieve WCAG 2.2 level AA as part of meeting government accessibility requirements. GDS is working on how to assess the new success criteria in WCAG 2.2 and will start monitoring them in October 2024.

All about WCAG 2.2 for educational publishers

To achieve WCAG 2.2 compliance, educational content creators should:

  1. Conduct an accessibility audit: Identify and address accessibility issues in existing eContent.
  2. Implement updated success criteria: Integrate the new WCAG 2.2 requirements into content development processes.
  3. Provide training: Educate content creators and designers on WCAG 2.2 standards.
  4. Continuous monitoring: Regularly review and update digital educational content to maintain compliance with evolving accessibility standards.

The Benefits of WCAG 2.2 Compliance

Compliance with WCAG 2.2 not only ensures legal adherence but also broadens your audience by making your digital educational content accessible to more users. This inclusivity can enhance user experience, improve public perception, and potentially increase engagement and customer loyalty.

Practical insights into how WCAG guidelines function in real-world scenarios developed for one of our key partners

Watch a video demonstrating Accessibility features implemented in a series of ELT products that we developed for one of our partners, which were built in mAuthor with full implementation of its accessibility capabilities.

Ensure your digital content is accessible and compliant with the latest WCAG 2.2 guidelines. Download our comprehensive guidebook and find out how to address key digital accessibility areas and decide whether you’d like to discuss it further with our experts. For personalized advice, contact us today and schedule a free consultation.