Web accessibility, testers’ start for building it in

So I haven’t had any first-hand working experience on web accessibility testing. I’ve read about it in passing, and once I attended this weekend testing session that tackled the subject. In my previous company where I did a lot of functional web testing, I recall some standard test cases that were related to usability or accessibility. This week though, the topics of accessibility testing and WCAG 2.0 came up, and I had to google a bit on the subjects.

One of the interesting things I found is this blog post on how expensive is accessibility. And what the writer, Karl Groves, said makes sense — that if it’s already part of how you do things, then it comes at no extra cost. And inversely, if it’s something you haven’t factored in at all, then pushing for accessibility would require changes and those changes would undeniably entail some cost.

Now I googled WCAG 2.0 and found really looong references. There’s a quick reference page, but seriously, that page felt anything but quick. In another post by the same person:

What if I told you that the WCAG 2.0 recommendation by the W3C is 36 pages, printed? In addition, “How to Meet WCAG 2.0” is 44 pages and “Understanding WCAG 2.0” 230 pages. Not only that, but the accompanying Techniques and Failures for WCAG 2.0 is 780 pages, printed.

That’s a bit daunting!

But thankfully, he also shared a post on the 6 simplest web accessibility tests anyone can do. And the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has a reference on easy checks for web accessibility. These could be a start and could be things we start looking for in our web testing projects even though we weren’t really asked to do accessibility testing. It’s a chance to add value. Let’s check these out:

 

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