What is EAA compliance?
The EAA (European Accessibility Act) is a broad set of accessibility standards including web accessibility requirements.
Passed by the EU in 2019, the law states that media services to which required compliance extends includes "websites" and "online applications".
Who must comply with the EAA?
There is a loosely defined range of acceptable exceptions, but in theory, the EAA applies to all websites available in the EU.
Private businesses have until June 28, 2025 to comply with the EAA, when the legislation fully takes effect.
Risks of Non-Compliance
Relative to other similar legislation, the EAA tends to be more forgiving to infractions. Penalties for non-compliance are to be left up to the member states.
Furthermore, the standards are loosely defined, essentially leaving it up to website owners to determine compliance.
In the web accessibility world, WCAG 2.0 Level AA has been considered a "de facto" concrete criteria to achieve EAA compliance.
However, it is also important to note that website interactions cannot be exclusively accessible to one medium (such as audio or visuals).
For example, audio must be captioned, and text must be available to screen readers.
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