AEM and the Web Accessibility Guidelines

You are reading the AEM 6.2 version of AEM and the Web Accessibility Guidelines.
This documentation is also available for the following versions:  AEM 6.3  AEM 6.1  AEM 6.0  AEM 5.6.1 

There are many social, economical and legal motivations for ensuring that web content is designed to be as accessible as possible to the target audience, regardless of any disability or limitations they may have. Web accessibility is therefore an increasingly important aspect of good web design.

Creating accessible websites and content with AEM impact:

  • Administrators responsible for configuring Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) to ensure all accessibility features are correctly enabled.
  • Authors using these features to create web sites that support key guidelines in WCAG 2.0.
    Creating accessible content is a process. AEM provides the capabilities, but content authors need to ensure that they follow the techniques required to create accessible content.
  • Template developers should also be aware of such issues when implementing the website design.

The following pages and section provide information and guidelines:

The Paciello Group and Best Practices

The Paciello Group logo.

The best practices documented here and on our other pages was initially authored by The Paciello Group - a consulting group dedicated to helping government agencies, technology vendors, e-commerce corporations, and educational institutions make their technology equally accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. For more information about The Paciello Group visit their website.

World Wide Web Consortium and WCAG 2.0

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community dedicated to developing web standards. To help web designers and developers produce accessible web sites their Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 in December 2008 (updating the original version published in 1999).

Using Adobe Experience Manager, content authors and/or website owners can create web content that meets WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA success criteria.

Specific aspects of WCAG 2.0 are highlighted in our quick guide to WCAG 2.0.

WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Conformance Levels

WCAG 2.0 provides guidelines (with related success criteria) covering their accessibility levels.

These, as they relate to AEM,  are covered under Level A and AA Conformance. When creating your site, you should determine the overall level to which you would like your site to conform.

Note

As it is not possible to satisfy all Level AAA Success Criteria for certain types of content, it is not recommended for this level of conformance to be required as a general policy.

Accessibility at Adobe

For further information on Accessibility at Adobe, please visit the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.

In particular the AEM 5.6 Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) also throws light on how AEM can assist federal agencies comply with Section 508 requirements.

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