Web Resource Checklist

Web Resource Checklist

Our goal at the Kenosha Public Library is to achieve the success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG ) 2.1 at Level AA. WCAG 2.1 is the standard for web accessibility developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Make content and controls perceivable by all users.

  1. Do images have alternative text?
  2. Does the video have captions, and does the audio have a transcript?
  3. Does the web page or document include headings, lists, ARIA landmarks, and other semantic elements to communicate document structure?
  4. Is the tab order and read order logical and intuitive?
  5. Do form fields within web pages and documents have appropriately coded labels and prompts?
  6. Have you avoided using visual characteristics to communicate information (e.g., "click the circle on the right" or "required fields are in red")?
  7. Have you avoided using all bold or italic text (e.g., content pasted from MS Word)? 
  8. Does the interface have sufficient contrast between the text and background colors?
  9. Does the content scale well when text is enlarged up to 200 percent?


Make content and controls operable by all users.

  1. Can a keyboard operate all menus, links, buttons, and other controls to make them accessible to users who cannot use a mouse?
  2. Does the web page include a visible focus indicator so all users, especially those using a keyboard, can easily track their current position?
  3. Do features that scroll or update automatically (e.g., slideshows, carousels) have prominently accessible controls that enable users to pause or advance these features?
  4. Do pages with time limits include mechanisms for adjusting those limits for users needing more time?
  5. Have you avoided using content that flashes or flickers?
  6. Does the web page or document have a title that describes its topic or purpose?
  7. Are mechanisms in place that allow users to bypass blocks of content (e.g., a "skip to main content" link on a web page or bookmarks in a PDF)?
  8. Does the website include two or more ways of finding content, such as a navigation menu, search feature, or site map?
  9. Is link text meaningful, independent of context?


Make content and user interfaces understandable to all users.

  1. Has the language of the web page or document (or individual parts of a multilingual document) been defined?
  2. Have you avoided links, controls, or form fields that automatically trigger a change in context?
  3. Does the website include consistent navigation?
  4. Do online forms provide helpful, accessible error and verification messages?


Make content robust enough to be interpreted reliably by various user agents, including assistive technologies.

  1. Is the web page coded using valid HTML?
  2. Do rich, dynamic web interfaces, such as modal windows, drop-down menus, slideshows, and carousels, include ARIA markup?
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