Accessibility Testing

On Monday, IBM announced its first set of cloud-based enterprise accessibility tools - Digital Content Checker and Automated Accessibility Tester - that provide an easy and affordable way to help enterprises produce accessible content and applications, and integrate accessibility directly into the programming code.

  • Digital Content Checker — Allows anyone, especially those in a marketing organization, to easily upload and verify the accessibility of HTML content or EPUB documents so all clients, employees and constituents encounter no issues when accessing the information in web and mobile applications. The service quickly examines the content, provides a detailed report of all accessibility violations, and then recommends how to fix the issues so the content conforms to standards and regulations before being published. It can also be customized for an organization’s internal content development workflow so accessibility is part of the review and approval process.
  • Automated Accessibility Tester — Incorporates automated accessibility reporting and auditing capabilities directly within the Selenium testing framework. This service improves the quality of the testing environment by adding accessibility checkpoints that run during agile development so any violations can be corrected in DevOps before deployment.

It is IBM's goal to increase the availability of accessibility so organizations can speed development efforts, improve the user experience for web and mobile applications, and help conform to industry standards and government regulations.

Did you know that blind people can surf the Internet and deaf people can enjoy videos? Have you wondered how people with disabilities use mobile devices? Assistive technology (AT) empowers people with disabilities, yet it presents challenges for producers of online content.
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As Americans continue to rely on the web to perform everyday functions like shopping, banking and travel, web accessibility rises to the surface as a growing concern. In a major effort to make online communications accessible, DOT has implemented new rules as part of their continuing implementation of the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), who is responsible for web standards such as the WCAG 2.0 standard, has announced the launch of their premium W3C Validator Suite. The goal of the W3C Validator Suite is to help people improve the quality of Web pages. It is now easier and faster to perform checks on HTML, CSS and internationalization (I18n) for an entire public site.

The Validator Suite integrates Web standards conformance tools that offer a quick and easy way to keep websites compliant with Web standards.  The suite scans the public pages of a site and evaluates conformance with W3C open standards. It is delivered as an online service through the SaaS model and provides:

  • Website Crawling
  • HTML5 & CSS Validation
  • Internationalization checking
  • Real-time integrated reports

WAI's Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) invites your comments on an updated draft of Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility.

Easy Checks helps you answer the question, "Does this web page address accessibility?". It provides simple steps for anyone who can use the web; no accessibility knowledge or skill is required. The checks cover just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive.

The updated draft posted today includes new sections on:

While many websites claim Section 508 or WCAG conformance based on the evaluation of a tool, the truth is that at best the site passed the automatic accessibility features that can be judged electronically.

Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) describes an approach for evaluating how websites -- including web applications and websites for mobile devices -- conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It covers different situations, including self-assessment and third-party evaluation. It is independent of particular evaluation tools, web browsers, and assistive technologies.

This methodology is currently published as a draft and is open for public comment.

Background:

WCAG-EM is developed by the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF), a joint task force of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) and Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG). Kathy Wahlbin of Interactive Accessibility is one of the participants on this task force. 

How do I test for accessibility?  In short, there are two ways to test the website’s user accessibility: human evaluation or digital evaluation tools. But the most successful approach is to use a combination of both. That’s because no single tool – no matter how expensive it is – can judge every component that affects accessibility. 

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