Guideline 1.3: Adaptable

Understanding Guideline: 

Create content that can be presented in different ways (for example simpler layout) without losing information or structure.

Intent of Guideline: 

The purpose of this guideline is to ensure that all information is available in a form that can be perceived by all users, for example, spoken aloud, or presented in a simpler visual layout. If all of the information is available in a form that can be determined by software, then it can be presented to users in different ways (visually, audibly, tactilely etc.). If information is embedded in a particular presentation in such a way that the structure and information cannot be programmatically determined by the assistive technology, then it cannot be rendered in other formats as needed by the user.

The Success Criteria under this guideline all seek to ensure that different types of information that are often encoded in presentation are also available so that they can be presented in other modalities.

  • structure: the way the parts of a Web page are organized in relation to each other; and the way a collection of Web pages is organized
  • presentation: rendering of the content in a form that can be perceived by users