April 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm #19172@darwinOnly available when logged in
For beginners who would love to add accessibility testing to their skill set, do you have recommendations on some valuable resources, topics and tools to start with?April 20, 2018 at 11:11 am #19217@alishahendersonOnly available when logged in
There are various companies in the accessibility business that swear by accessibility testing. The Disability Rights Commission, like, have consistently maintained that testing a website with real disabled users is the only way to make sure it gives optimum accessibility.
Their formal investigation into the accessibility of 1500 websites and the PAS 78 document they created both very well state that accessibility testing is the way to uncover all accessibility problems.
The main advantages of conducting accessibility testing have:
– You’ll uncover website usability issues too
As accessibility testing includes testing your website with real people, you’ll get the side advantage of revealing website usability problems too.
If still, you’re going to invest the time and money associated with conducting accessibility testing then you might as well just carry out regular usability testing.
Regular usability testing will uncover more usability problems as disabled users tend to take longer to complete tasks so carry out fewer tasks in a testing session.
– It’s a great learning experience for your web team
Running accessibility testing sessions, especially if you’re able to watch them live, is a great learning experience for everybody concerned.
There’s nothing more eye-opening than watching real users with real disabilities attempt to use your site. Accessibility testing is also an excellent way of getting the web team to get buy-in into accessibility.
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