Who Determines the Accessibility Standards for Websites?

The accessibility standards for websites are determined by a variety of organizations and standards-setting bodies. The most widely recognized accessibility standard for web content is the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). These guidelines provide a comprehensive set of requirements for making web content accessible to people with disabilities, and are recognized as the international standard for web accessibility. In addition, accessibility guidelines and standards are often developed and enforced by government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, and by international organizations, such as the European Union's Web Accessibility Directive. There are also industry-specific standards, such as the U.S. Section 508 accessibility standards for electronic and information technology, which apply to federal agencies and contractors. By following these standards, organizations can help ensure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities, and promote an inclusive and equitable digital landscape.