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Accessibility standards in Pega Platform

Updated on February 7, 2022

Pega supports users with disabilities by continuously integrating the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standards into the architecture of applications that you develop in Pega Platform. As a consequence, Pega Platform applications include accessibility features by default, which makes them more convenient for users who rely on assistive technology.

WCAG standards in Pega Platform

Pega strives to create an inclusive product experience by following the W3C WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines. The Pega Platform components use the recommended standards to reach compliance with Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, the European standard EN 301 549, the European Accessibility Act, and the Barrierefreie-Informationstechnik-Verordnung (BITV).

WAI-ARIA roles

The Pega Platform accessibility architecture relies primarily on HTML 5 semantics, but uses WAI-ARIA markup where HTML is not sufficient, for example, to convey rich application functionalities. WAI-ARIA roles provide additional information about your application to assistive technologies, such as screen readers.

Consequently, all applications that users develop in Pega Platform include WAI-ARIA-compliant markup by default. As a developer, you only need to configure the existing out-of-the-box framework.

For example: To make your application accessible, you might need to add helper text to controls and ensure that all layouts use proper headings that reflect the structure of the document. If you use custom components that have unusual functions, such as clickable layouts, you can assign ARIA roles that match the document role manually. For more information, see Assigning WAI-ARIA roles to a Dynamic Layout.

Web Accessibility Initiative resources

For more information about WAI-ARIA roles, accessibility standards, and best practices for designing for people with disabilities, go to the Web Accessibility Initiative website.

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