Accessibility allows access to the website and its contents regardless of the type of hardware, software, network infrastructure, language, geographical location and skills of the users. It covers the majority of disabilities that people can have (physical, visual, auditory and cognitive), and also the needs of the elderly. Thus, it is a basic element for equal opportunities and to avoid discrimination.
Developing an accessible website has other additional benefits, such as making it more user-friendly and improving positioning in search engines, the reuse of content and interoperability, reducing the server load and the band width required, etc.
The certificate of conformity for website accessibility is aimed at organisations that want to guarantee the accessibility of a web development, web content or website, for creators, contractors and users. This is a one-off certification that does not incorporate follow-up requirements in terms of web accessibility.
Some of its characteristics are:
This certification is aimed at web content developers and owners and/or the managers that hire them, and consists in a certificate that accredits a suitable level of accessibility declared on the date the certificate is issued.
The UNE standard 139803 has a general scope and is applicable to any website, however, Spanish legislation establishes compliance requirements for the following organisations:
The AENOR certificate of conformity for website accessibility
AENOR launched the certification in 2007, and since then has certified more than 15 websites, including complete web portals, templates for website development, and pdf and multimedia documents included on websites.