Tips and tools
Tips for testing
Testing for accessibility doesn’t need to be complicated. With a few quick tests, you can determine if your web page or application meets basic accessibility standards.
Automated vs Manual testing
Automated testing should always be complemented with manual testing. Testing tools can check for most standards, but manual testing is needed to validate if the content is correct or if the tool is easy to use.
Clear priorities make it easier to set timelines for remediation. Priorities for accessibility can be determined by the ability complete a task. If it is impossible to complete an important task (buy a thing, make a payment, submit feedback) then the priority is critical. Critical and high priority issues should be resolved before a product is released. Medium and low priority issues can be resolved with the next scheduled release.
- Critical (task cannot be completed)
- High (task is difficult to complete)
- Medium (it is inconvenient to complete a task)
- Low (the experience is frustrating, and can be improved)
Quick Checks for manual testing
W3C Easy Checks provides recommendations to help you assess the accessibility of your web page. Here are a few things to consider.
Page structure, text, and headings
Labels and alternate text
Design and test different types of colour blindness
- Learn about contrast ratio (“colour contrast”)
- Photoshop to simulate colour blindness
- TPG Colour Contrast Analyser * Color Safe
Test the application with a screen reader
Tools for automated testing