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Compliance Testing

Compliance Testing determines if a website meets internationally accepted accessibility standards.

The de facto standard is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. published in December 2008 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) through its Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Other standards such as Section 508 in the USA, UK government guidelines, and the RNIB "See It Right" programme, are all based on the WAI Guidelines.

The WAI recognises three levels of accessibility, graded according to the degree to which a website complies with priority action points in the guidelines. Thus, Single-A conformance will satisfy all Priority 1 checkpoints; Level Double-A will satisfy all Priority 1 and 2 checkpoints; and Level Triple-A all Priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints. We currently recommend a minumum standard of Double-A to our clients.

Testing Procedure

Compliance Testing examines a site to identify barriers to accessibility and recommend practical solutions. Importantly, we do not rely on automated testing. All testing is based on manual examination of the site. A typical test will begin with a meeting with the client. This meeting enables us to establish the context of the test, to understand the aims and objectives of the site, and to identify the test pages which need to represent a cross section of site functionality and content. Only when the context is complete and agreed will the test begin.


Test results are presented in a detailed report which explains how any errors or omissions that we find affect how the site is used by disabled people and makes practical recommendations for change. All our recommendations are guided by common sense and business realities; as site developers ourselves, we have no time for ivory towers.

Supporting Developers

An increasing proportion of our work is indirect; supporting website designers and developers. Our involvement during the early stages can avoid embedding accessibility and usability problems that will require a more costly fix later in the project.

In keeping with DRC recommendations, we always advise that Compliance Testing is accompanied by User Testing by people with disabilities.

Next Step

Our testing procedures are authoritative and thorough, but they're also flexible. Whatever the size or complexity of a site, we can put together a test plan which will chart a route to compliance.
Call us on 01508 499940 for an informal discussion without obligation.

Site Testing

Special Offer

Take the first step to a barrier free website with 'E-Check'.

E-Check is a short, expert review of your website; a quick and readily affordable insight into accessibility.

The E-Check service is FREE for EFD members.

E-Check has been developed by FDL in partnership with Freeney Williams Ltd.

See the E-Check website for more details.