AEM and the Web Accessibility Guidelines

Last update: 2023-05-03
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There are many social, economical, and legal motivations for ensuring that web content is designed to be as accessible as possible to the target audience, regardless of any disability or limitations they may have. Web accessibility is therefore an increasingly important aspect of good web design.

Creating accessible websites and content with AEM impact:

  • Administrators responsible for configuring Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) to ensure accessibility features are correctly enabled.

  • Authors using these features to create web sites that support key guidelines in WCAG 2.0.

    Creating accessible content is a process. AEM provides the capabilities, but content authors need to ensure that they follow the techniques required to create accessible content.

  • Template developers should also be aware of such issues when implementing the website design.

Further Information

The following pages and section provide information and guidelines:

World Wide Web Consortium and WCAG 2.0

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community dedicated to developing web standards. To help web designers and developers produce accessible web sites the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) published the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 in December 2008 (updating the original version published in 1999).


An updated version of the guidelines is currently in development, but will not be considered for this version of AEM.

Using Adobe Experience Manager, content authors and/or website owners can create web content that meets WCAG 2.0 Level A and Level AA success criteria.

Specific aspects of WCAG 2.0 are highlighted in our quick guide to WCAG 2.0.

WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Conformance Levels

WCAG 2.0 provides guidelines (with related success criteria) covering the accessibility levels.

These, as they relate to AEM, are covered under Level A and AA Conformance. When creating your site, you should determine the overall level to which you would like your site to conform.


As it is not possible to satisfy all Level AAA Success Criteria for certain types of content, it is not recommended as a required level of conformance.

Accessibility at Adobe

For additional information, please visit the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.

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