WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.

Although these guidelines cover a wide range of issues, they are not able to address the needs of people with all types, degrees, and combinations of disability.

These guidelines also make Web content more usable by older individuals with changing abilities due to aging and often improve usability for users in general.

Our goal is WCAG 2.1 Level AA conformance.

This website is accessible via screen reader and the content does not rely solely on sensory characteristics of components such as shape, colour, size, visual location, orientation, or sound.

  • Site is accessible via keyboard (tabbing).
  • Added skip links or quick access nav
  • Included link titles and image descriptions
  • Ensured link content is explanatory where hardcoded
  • Ensured appropriate colour contrast
  • Hierarchy of headings correct
  • Added upload field for scripts of videos
  • Included language attribute for Maori text
  • Added sitemap
  • Accordions are accessible via screen reader / keyboard, appropriate aria labels
  • Buttons have appropriate aria labels
  • Forms have appropriate labels, correctly typed inputs and error messages
  • Site can be resized up to 200% without loss of content or functionality
  • Content resizes to fit minimum 320 x 256px screen
  • Line height, paragraph spacing, letter spacing and word spacing can be adjusted up to 2 times the font size
  • Appropriate role attributes added to tabs, sliders, accordions and nav


Technical specifications

Accessibility of the Law Commission's website relies on the following:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript


Assessment approach


This website was accessed with, 

  • https://wave.webaim.org/
  • https://accessibilityinsights.io/docs/web/overview/
  • Google Lighthouse