- Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 00:27
What level of validation do your templates reach?
It depends. Our templates are designed following the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, in details, we strive to satisfy all priority 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints, when possible.
The automated tool "achecker" confirms that our templates, on a clean installation of Joomla, reach (technically) the WCAG 2.0 level AAA (click here to check the accessibility level of our templates). However, we cannot guarantee that your/your client's website will reach a certain level of validation. The level of accessibility of a Joomla! website does not depend only on the template. This level may change, for example, once you modify any of the template files or a third party plug-in is installed.
It is also very important to understand that claiming a certain validation level for a website is always a judgement call and it is not strictly related to automated tools. In fact, many guidelines are intentionally vague and cannot be tested automatically. For example, our website has been reviewed both by automated tools and also by involving different categories of users in the testing process.
In conclusion, any accessibility testing must be viewed as a process that combines automated software tools with human judgement.
Hey! I installed one of your template and I used an automated tool for the evaluation, but my website doesn't validate!
As we explained above, our templates are not the only consideration for a good level of validation. If your website does not validate properly there might be some third party plug-in or some Joomla module that prints non-accessible code. Also, the validation level may change depending on the quality of the content that is added by the publishers. For example:
Publisher "John" knows how accessibility works and knows how to write semantic HTML code using the Joomla's content editor tool. Publisher "Frankie" wants an accessible website but he has no idea how to write accessible content. They both decided to purchase a template from accessibletemplate.com but surely John's website will be more accessible then Frankie's ( for more details about how to write accessible content, please visit the section about accessiblity ).
I want to reach the highest validation level! what can I do?
Reaching the highest validation is not easy. You, as a publisher, need to be very careful on how you publish your content and how Joomla! or any of your Joomla plug-ins print the code.
Please also note that regardless of all efforts, it is not possible to create a site that is accessible to all people on all levels. In theory, to achieve such a site, you will have to consider any number of disabilities, any number of languages, all levels of education, plus the combination of all of the above. The purpose is not to create a site that is absolutely bulletproof, rather, to create a site that has every intention to make it as accessible as possible in all situations within reason.