Accessibility Testing Strategies

A presentation at A11y Camp in in Sydney NSW, Australia by Julie Grundy

Title page

Title page

Who we are

Who we are

Section title: Planning

Section title: Planning

Goals

Goals

Standards

Standards

Standards (continued)

Standards (continued)

Which tools to use?

Which tools to use?

Recommended tools

Recommended tools

Browsers

Browsers

Browser plugins

Browser plugins

Checking colour contrast

Checking colour contrast

Colour contrast analyser (app)

Colour contrast analyser (app)

Contrast Checker (web)

Contrast Checker (web)

Screen readers (desktop)

Screen readers (desktop)

Screen readers (mobile)

Screen readers (mobile)

Section title: Creating

Section title: Creating

Research

Research

High level checklist

High level checklist

Test Cases

Test Cases

Grouping Tests

Grouping Tests

Traceability

Traceability

Accessibility Insights

Accessibility Insights

Establish expectations

Establish expectations

Create checklists

Create checklists

Create a resource library

Create a resource library

Section title: Testing

Section title: Testing

Writing bug reports

Writing bug reports

Report the problem, not the symptom

Report the problem, not the symptom

Report the problem, not the symptom (continued)

Report the problem, not the symptom (continued)

Issue templates

Issue templates

Section title: Iterating

Section title: Iterating

Gather statistics

Gather statistics

Review your goals

Review your goals

Complaints are clues

Complaints are clues

Going from test cases to issue templates

Going from test cases to issue templates

Thankyou

Thankyou

Everyone needs to test their digital products for accessibility compliance, but it’s time consuming to get an audit and difficult to fit into your workflow. Meanwhile, automated tests can’t cover all the WCAG requirements. How can you make sure you’re doing comprehensive, effective tests in a timely way?

You need an accessibility testing strategy. We’ll cover choosing the right tools, writing useful test cases and even how to persuade people to join in. Let Chris and Julie share their experiences and processes with you so you can develop your own customised plan.

Resources

The following resources were mentioned during the presentation or are useful additional information.

  • Powerpoint version of slides

    This accessible version of the slides has edited speaker notes to better represent what was said, plus extended alt text. It might also be easier for people with low vision to use since the text size and colour can be changed to suit your needs.

  • WebAIM’s WCAG checklist

    A plain-English version of the WCAG guidelines, with links through to the full specification.

  • WebAIM’s Screen Reader User Survey

    Results from the 8th Screen Reader User Survey from WebAIM. Includes information about the most popular screen reader software.

  • Colour Contrast Analyser

    The Colour Contrast Analyser from The Paciello Group is a stand-alone app with an eye-dropper colour picker which can be used with any other software. There are also plugins for Sketch and other design software, and Lea Verou’s contrast page lets you test with transparency values as well.

  • Accessibility Insights

    Microsoft’s web plugin runs automated tests then guides you through manual tests. Excellent for people who are new to accessibility testing.

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