Preparing to Test for Accessibility

Components of an Accessibility Test

  1. Keyboard Navigation
  2. Non-Visual Navigation with a screen reader
  3. Alternate Visual Access (low vision/colorblind)
  4. Usability (cognitive/learning disability)
  5. Non-Audio Access

Testing Tools Needed

  • Keyboard
  • Automated testing using WAVE Toolbar or other browser extension
  • Screen reader (and knowledge of how it works). Examples include: JAWS, NVDA (Windows), VoiceOver (Mac) and Narrator (Windows)
  • Color contrast check using Color Contrast Analyser or some other checker

Step 1: Pre-Test Planning: Web Accessibility Testing Checklist

What portions of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) apply to your website/application?

Steps 2: Documenting Your Test: Web Accessibility Evaluation Report

How can I record my accessibility findings to share with those who complete the accessibility remediation?

Testing Tips

Testing Tools

Mobile Accessibility

Assistive Technology

Testing web sites and applications using assistive technologies offers you a lot of benefits. You get to learn some of the tools that people with disabilities use to navigate technology, which is incredibly informative. You also get better insight into the true, functional accessibility of the site or application.

Visit our Users & Technology page to learn more about assistive technology. 

Want a demonstration of what IS and is NOT an accessible web page? 

Here are websites that show the differences, both in presentation and in structure, between accessible and inaccessible web pages. Use these to practice your website accessibility testing and experiment with different AT devices.

 

Have a resource for ICT Accessibility to share with us?  Email your resource to info@mo-at.org