Cognitive Accessibility in W3C Standards


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) includes requirements that address cognitive accessibility. Among the success criteria that cover barriers related to cognition are 1.3 Adaptable, 1.4 Distinguishable, and 2.2 Enough Time.


Success Criterion 3.3.9 Redundant Entry (Level A)


For steps in a process such as registering or completing a form, information that the user has already entered must be made available to them. In a nutshell, this success criterion helps users by not making them enter information more than once unless it’s absolutely necessary.


3.3.8 Accessible Authentication – No Exception (Level AAA)


If your website authentication requires a cognitive function test, make sure it has an alternative that doesn’t have such a test. What you need to know The AA success criterion 3.3.7 allows authentication by using object or content recognition (for example, check every box with a traffic light), but 3.3.8 level AAA doesn’t.  Common identifiers […]


3.3.7 Accessible Authentication (Level AA)


A cognitive function test to log in can only be required under limited circumstances. What you need to know According to W3C, a cognitive function test is a task that “requires the user to remember, manipulate, or transcribe information.” This could take the form of a username and password, doing calculations, or solving a puzzle.  […]