Maybe Level AAA is not so bad?

Scheduled at 10:30am in WB I on Friday, November 17 ().



  • Gerard Cohen, Lead Accessibility Strategist, Wells Fargo

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


We often focus on meeting WCAG Level AA, which includes Level A, guidelines and often dismiss Level AAA as being too hard. If we really want to improve user experience, instead of just meeting a checklist of guidelines, then we might want to start looking at Level AAA...


Those teaching and those learning WCAG often aim for, and stop, at Level AA conformance. Level AAA is often dismissed as being too hard and restrictive to implement, that nobody is expected to meet. Granted, some guidelines would definitely require additional investment in order to meet but we also know that we should not treat accessibility as a checklist and that we should focus on improving the user experience. If you are interested in improving the user experience then we can certainly look to the Level AAA guidelines for help.

In this presentation I will go over the Level AAA guidelines with a fresh perspective. You might be surprised to find that you are already doing them, or that it might not require much more effort.


  1. Level AAA can be achieved
  2. User experience should be the goal
  3. Accessibility should not be a checklist

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gerard Cohen

"Do you ask a dolphin how it swims, or an eagle how it flies? No, because that's what they were made to do!"

Gerard K. Cohen loves front end engineering so much that he is on a mission to make sure that the web is inclusive to all users, making rich internet experiences available for all. He believes a great user experience includes performance and accessibility.

Gerard lives in Oakland with his wife and Betta fish, Squiggles, and when he is not sleeping or drinking Zombies at tiki bars, he helps raise awareness by speaking at Front End and Accessibility conferences around the country