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  • We run a web design company with a primary hook of ADA compliance. It is a heck of a journey as a developer to make sites AA compliant.
    Do you have any plans to enforce better standards of submitted plug in’s. WP is known as a ADA compliant platform but once you install a theme or a plug in that can become non compliance fast.

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  • Moderator bcworkz

    (@bcworkz)

    The people responsible for plugin acceptance do not regularly peruse these forums, so you are unlikely to get a meaningful answer here as it relates to plugins. For questions about specific policies for plugin acceptance, you can ask by going to the #pluginreview channel in Slack, or emailing plugins@wordpress.org.

    Our development guidelines suggest compliance with WCAG 2.0 guidelines at level AA, which is an entirely different orientation from ADA requirements. It’s unreasonable to expect any code to be at one time compliant with all the different accessibility standards that exist through out the world. It’s likely some standards even directly conflict with one another.

    Our development guidelines suggest compliance with WCAG 2.0 guidelines at level AA, which is an entirely different orientation from ADA requirements.

    What do you mean? From what I can tell ADA = WCAG2.0
    “2. BROAD APPLICATION OF WEB CONTENT ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES 2.0
    The Revised 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines incorporate by reference the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, a globally-recognized and technologically-neutral set of accessibility guidelines for Web content. For Section 508-covered ICT, all covered Web and non-Web content and software—including, for example, Web sites, intranets, word processing documents, portable document format documents, and project management software—is required, with a few specific exceptions, to conform to WCAG 2.0’s Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements. By applying a single set of requirements to Web sites, electronic documents, and software, the revised requirements adapt the existing 508 Standards to reflect the newer multifunction technologies (e.g., smartphones that have telecommunications functions, video cameras, and computer-like data processing capabilities) and address the accessibility challenges that these technologies pose for individuals with disabilities. For Section 255-covered ICT, electronic content and software that is integral to the use of telecommunications and customer premise equipment is required to conform to WCAG 2.0’s Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements. There are several exceptions related to non-Web documents and software.”

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/18/2017-00395/information-and-communication-technology-ict-standards-and-guidelines

    Also a presentation on WP being the push from the feds on accessibility.
    https://accessibilityonline.s3.amazonaws.com/secureDocs/session_110671/M12155/WordPress_Accessibility_2018_2_page.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJXK6UZXBOSSQGTFQ&Expires=1536470304&Signature=MkGfyDL5TkeUsFP5UU6DNrB7i%2Fs%3D

    Moderator bcworkz

    (@bcworkz)

    Just saying “ADA Compliant” is broad ranging, applying to many things. While WCAG is incorporated by reference in relation to information technology, ADA requirements apply to much more than IT.

    Very odd reply. If I wanted to know about building accessibility I would not be asking on a IT forum about the platform the Gov is pushing to reach it. Perhaps ADA != Americans Disability Act in other countries?

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Hey @bcworkz – yes we totally do keep an eye on the forums 🙂

    The official answer is we don’t have plans at this time, but it’s something I’d like to do in the long run. Most likely we’d get some kind of verified accessible flag first though.

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