What is EN 301 549 compliance?
The EN 301 549, just like the EAA, is a major EU-based accessibility law.
Unlike the EAA, which is a broader accessibility law including standards for web accessibility, the EN 301 549 is a standard specifically focused on digital accessibility.
Initially released in 2015, it has been updated in 2018 and 2019. It has also since been adopted in Australia.
Currently, it essentially requires WCAG 2.1 (Level AA) compliance. WCAG 2.2 AA will be acceptable when WCAG 2.2 releases. In the first draft, WCAG 2.0 AA was the base requirement.
To be more precise, the full document indicates a few exceptions and new rules on top of Level AA.
In conclusion, if you're compliant with WCAG 2.1 Level AA or higher, you're probably good. In fact, the EN 301 549 is overall slightly more lenient than standard WCAG criteria.
However, if some of the special exceptions or new rules do happen to apply to your web pages and remain unsatisfied, Page Speaker will notice and flag them as errors.
Who must comply with the EN 301 549?
Websites available in the EU and/or Australia must comply with the regulation, but there are other kinds of online services that also may be required to comply.
Risks of Non-Compliance
Though the law is in full effect, the scope of risks, range of penalties, and degree of enforcement remain unclear.
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