Accessibility Testing – The Interaction with the Disabled

Accessibility Testing – The Interaction with the Disabled

Accessibility testing is a type of systems testing designed to determine whether individuals with disabilities will be able to use the system in question, which could be software, hardware, or some other type of system. Disabilities encompass a wide range of physical problems:

Accessibility testing is a subset of usability testing where in the users under consideration are people with all abilities and disabilities. The significance of this testing is to verify both usability and accessibility. It is the technique of making sure that your product is accessibility compliant. A good application/website should cater to all sets of people and not just limited to disabled people. These include:

Testing is an important part of making your application accessible to users with varying abilities. Development team can make sure that their product is partially accessibility compliant by code inspection and Unit testing. Test team needs to certify that product is accessibility compliant during the functional testing phase. In most cases, accessibility checklist is used to certify the accessibility compliance. This checklist can have information on what should be tested, how it should be tested and status of product for different access related problems.

The following tests must be completed in order to ensure a minimum level of application accessibility.

Role of Automated Tools in Acceptance Testing

AccVerify, Bobby, WebXM, Ramp Ascend, InFocus etc. are a few automated accessibility testing tools that are very good at identifying pages and lines of code that need to be manually checked for accessibility.

For Accessibility testing to succeed, test team should plan a separate cycle for accessibility testing. Management should make sure that test team have information on what to test and all the tools that they need to test accessibility are available to them. There are many tools in the market to assist the testers in accessibility testing. But a tester is well aware that any single tool cannot certify that the product is accessibility compliant. A set of tools will always be required to check accessibility compliance of your application/website.


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