Does that make it accessible ?
If a website does not comply with the WAI guidelines could a website be called as 'accessible' ?
Yes 70% [ 7 ]
No 10% [ 1 ]
Unsure 20% [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 10
What makes you think the RNIB's guidelines are not directly lifted from the WCAG 1.0? Try comparing them - looks to me the RNIB have just grabbed those guidelines that directly impact visually impaired / blind visitors - the RNIB's core audience.
I'm currently wading through anRNIB site audit (they are very thorough). The impression I get is that they consider accessibility as a whole and not just from the perspective of visually impaired users. That was my beilef some years ago but it seems they have progressed.
They use WCAG 1.0 as the base for their tests. They use all bar one Priority 1 checkpoints (the missing one is highly subjective) plus a selection of 2 and 3. So a succesful RNIB audit will mean you are a short step from Level A compliance, plus a few extras. IMHO this is a highly realistic approach.
To answer the origianl question: yes,a website could be accessible even if it does not comply to any particularlevel of WCAG. The testing done by the DRC showed this. Accessibility is really only measured by whether or not a people can access and use a site. Following the WCAG facilitates this but it too is not a guarantee. Thats why there is a G for Guidleines and not an R for Rules.
The wording is almost exactly the same.
The RNIB and Section 508 set of guidelines are fulfillable without *too* much effort (though I guess this depends what state the current site is in) and provide a fairly solid baseline for meeting the majority of accessibility issues. A good starting point.
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