Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria (Website Stream)

Silver Award

Silver accreditation logo will be granted if the selected webpages of an Entrant's website fulfil W01 to W13 judging criteria as follows -

W01. Provide meaningful text alternative for non-text contents
(Corresponding success criteria in WCAG 2.0 – 1.1.1 [Level A])
  • All non-text contents, such as icons, photos, pictures, images, banners and maps that are presented to users have a text alternative that provides a meaningful description.
W02. Provide accessible Flash/Animated contents or allow to skip
  • If Flash/Animated content is provided, accessible version Flash/Animated content or a skip function shall be provided.
W03. Allow to perform all operations through a keyboard interface
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.1.1 [Level A])
  • All functions on a webpage are operable through a keyboard interface; the operation shall not enforce a time limit for individual keystrokes.
W04. Easy to turn off background sound or set as user-initiated only
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 1.4.2 [Level A])
  • If any audio on a webpage plays automatically for more than 3 seconds, either a function is available to pause or stop the audio, or a function is available to control audio volume independently for that specific audio.
W05. Provide means to close popup windows
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.1.2 [Level A])
  • If there is a popup window, a close button shall be included to allow closing the popup window through keyboard interfaces.
W06. Provide clear and informative links
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.4.4 [Level A])
  • If there is a link, either the link text alone or the text preceding the link is clear and meaningful in order to help users navigate.
W07. Provide accurate and appropriate headings/labels
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.4.6 [Level AA])
  • To help users understand what information is contained in the webpage and how information is organised, use clear and appropriate headings and labels to describe a topic or purpose.
W08. Make website content easy to be used with assistive technologies
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 1.3.1 [Level A])
  • Use heading mark-up (h1..h6) to identify headings in the content. Heading mark-up allows assistive technologies to present the heading status of text to users.
W09. Make website structure in a consistent navigation mechanism
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 3.2.3 [Level AA])
  • Navigational mechanisms that are repeated on multiple webpages within a set of webpages occur in the corresponding relative order each time they are repeated, unless a change is initiated by the user.
W10. Make website content in meaningful sequence
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 1.3.2, 2.4.3 [Level A])
  • If webpage content needs to be read in a certain order to make sense, webpage shall be written/coded in a way which indicates this order
  • Webpage, especially web form, shall be coded in a logical manner when read by assistive technologies.
W11. Provide input assistance such as proper labels for user input and error identification and description etc.
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 3.3.1, 3.3.2 [Level A])
  • If an input error is automatically detected, the error shall be identified and described to users.
  • Labels or instructions are provided when prompting user input.
W12. Text can be resized up to 200 percent without loss of content
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 1.4.4 [Level AA])
  • Except for captions and images of text, text can be resized without assistive technology up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality.
W13. Provide an accessibility statement with contact points for the website
  • Provide an accessibility statement with contact point for website users to contact the website owners when they encounter accessibility problems.

Gold Award

Gold accreditation logo will be granted if the selected webpages of an Entrant's website fulfil W01 to W13 judging criteria of Silver Award AND W14 to W24 judging criteria as follows -

W14. Provide accessible PDFs within scope of assessment published in the recent 2 years For any PDF documents in the webpage, it shall provide the following accessible features within scope of assessment published in the recent 2 years, if applicable, –
  1. Provide meaningful text alternatives for images (Corresponding Techniques PDF1 for WCAG 2.0)
  2. Ensure correct tab and reading order
    (Corresponding Techniques PDF3 for WCAG 2.0)
  3. Use table elements for table markup
    (Corresponding Techniques PDF6 for WCAG 2.0)
  4. Set the default language in the document catalog (Corresponding Techniques PDF16 for WCAG 2.0)
  5. Specify the document title
    (Corresponding Techniques PDF18 for WCAG 2.0)
W15. Build webpages with predictable operations
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 3.2.1 [Level A])
  • For any component that is able to trigger an event, it will not change the context (for example jumping to a new window) immediately when the component receives focus.
W16. Able to skip repetitive blocks
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0–2.4.1 [Level A])
  • A mechanism is available to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple webpages.
W17. Provide multiple ways to retrieve content
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.4.5 [Level AA])
  • Provide more than one way to access a webpage such as using a search function, site map, standard navigation, etc.
W18. Build webpages with user-initiated auto-updating
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.2.2 [Level A])
  • If there is any moving information that starts automatically and lasts more than five seconds, there shall be a mechanism for users to pause, stop or hide it.
W19. Provide sufficient time for users to read the content and operate the function
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 2.2.1 [Level A])
  1. time limit can be turned off; or
  2. time limit can be extended by a simple action
W20. Provide sufficient colour contrast
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 1.4.3 [Level AA])
  • Visual presentation of text and images of text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. Logo or brand name is exempted.
W21. Ensure correct syntax of webpages for compatibility with browsers and assistive technologies
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 4.1.1 [Level A])
  • For content coded with mark-up languages, elements shall have complete start and end tags, correct nested coding.
W22. Provide transcript, captions or sign language for 30% of pre-recorded videos published in the recent 2 years
(Relevant success criterion in WCAG 2.0 –1.2.1, 1.2.2 [Level A] and 1.2.6 [Level AAA])
  • Transcript, captions or sign language are provided for 30% of pre-recorded videos and audio content published in the most recent 2 years, except when the media is a media alternative for text and is clearly labelled as such.
W23. Provide meaningful title, summary or description for table header as well as data
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 1.3.1 [Level A])
  • To ensure that the information and relationships of content conveyed in form of a table is perceivable to all.
W24.

Provide error prevention for transactions
(Corresponding success criterion in WCAG 2.0 – 3.3.4 [Level AA])

  • For transaction involved legal or financial commitments, error prevention mechanism shall be included through at least one of the following–
    1. Reversible: submissions are reversible.
    2. Checked: input data are checked for errors and users are allowed to correct them.
    3. Confirmed: a mechanism is available for reviewing, confirming, and correcting information before finalising the submission.