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Accessibility Testing
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Ministry of Testing
Thank you all for joining in on the #TestChat tonight. Lots of great resources and tool ideas shared tonight! We've gathered it all over on The Club for you! https://club.ministr...
Chris Miles
thanks for hosting and thanks everyone, looking forward to catching up on this all again tomorrow
Deborah Lee
apparently i don't have access to that link? i am logged in :(
Deborah Lee
if i remove the numbers it works :)
Ministry of Testing
Question Three - What tools do you use to help you with your accessibility testing? #TestChat
Deborah Lee
I've heard JAWS is a good screen reader although never used it personally I know old colleagues who have
Kelsey Beard
SiteImprove
koa11y
wave
turning off JavaScript
turning of images
screen readers
Joe Vugteveen
DeQue Axe, Siteimprove chrome plugin, Voiceover
Carly Gerard
#NoMouse challenge, where I try to navigate only by keyboard
Kelsey Beard
and toptal's color accessibility checker for color blind users like myself to show colleagues how a user may not be able to see text if the contrast is off.
Heather Reid
I use spectrum plug in for chrome (colour blindness), and https://www.nvaccess...
Joe Vugteveen
If you can, find someone with a disability and watch the interaction with your tool/site. This is shocking and embarrassing at times.
Steveland Daniels
I would start simple - Use the screen reader that comes with your computer. Apart from that, it would good old google and a word document that outlines my thoughts/approach
Deborah Lee
Internet Explorer accessibility toolbar
Zaklina Stojnev
ChromeVox, NVDA screen reader for Win, Wave, HTTP snippet, Axe, Chrome dev tool have accessibility report when you enable experimental options :)
Carly Gerard
@JoeVugteveen I work with someone who relies on a screen reader, and it is very enlightening to hear about their experiences with a site or tool needed for work
Heather Reid
some more suggestions on here recently https://club.ministr...
Steveland Daniels
I used to work with a tester who was virtually blind. Had to use a tool that read the page back on a braille link machine.
Crystal Preston
JAWS and NVDA for desktop. On mobile Talkback (android) and Voiceover (iOS). I would also like to do more testing with switches but haven't be able to do much with that yet.
Chris Miles
screen readers are a great place to start, but are tricky. nvda with Firefox and voiceover with safari. You need to be careful of cross browser issues, most native users will know this. Jaws is quite forgiving, where as nvda is strict so finds issues quicker
Chris Miles
lighthouse now has a good accessibility report
Crystal Preston
@JoeVugteveen Yes, this is very important. You need the include the communities you are testing for in your process. I am shock this is not always the case.
Chris Miles
http://maya-benari.c... is a cool way to think more about accessibility. We have just made it a thing we all care about, not just a test thing
Chris Miles
@JoeVugteveen absolutely. Like any UX watching people use your work can be very humbling.
Ministry of Testing
Question Two - Where do you go to find out about accessibility information? #TestChat
Heather Reid
does asking RightSaidJames count?
Deborah Lee
WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)
Steveland Daniels
I haven't but I would look for a checklist that would aid me in testing for the different 'A' levels
Deborah Lee
A, AA and AAA are the WCAG levels :)
Heather Reid
there's a good grouping on the Club (that includes @RightSaidJames) https://club.ministr...
Carly Gerard
Depends, what kind of info? Guidelines, techniques, events, communities?
Steveland Daniels
plus I would ask other devs/qas/PO's who may have experience in accessibility testing
Carly Gerard
WebAIM is always a good place to get your feet web, so to speak, regarding accessibility
Carly Gerard
*wet, misspelling
Heather Reid
Yep! @clairedotw on my last team was a mind of information
Joe Vugteveen
WebAIM. W3C. Penn State University, http://accessibility...
Carly Gerard
if you have Slack, join web-a11y.slack.com. Great community with people giving feedback all day long
Deborah Lee
how to join Carly? do you have a URL to join
Steveland Daniels
You need to ask and find out information as it'll be hard to not have your own bias when testing.
Carly Gerard
@DeborahLee89 I believe you just go to that exact URL and join. I think that workspace is free and you don't have to pay for it, I'm pretty sure, but not 100%
Ministry of Testing
Question Five What can we do to raise awareness around the variety of accessibility issues? For example helping with dyslexia, dementia or memory loss #TestChat
Deborah Lee
i tried on gloves and glasses which helped me understand how some people experience difficulties
Deborah Lee
special gloves and glasses!
Steveland Daniels
Awareness for yourself or towards others?
Carly Gerard
remind people that disability doesn't just affect people physically, and that people vary on the spectrum of abilities
Kelsey Beard
The sales team could have a great impact with leading the clients down that path. The pitch of "How many of your users are currently excluded from using your app/site?" is a powerful question. When clients realize they may be losing business/revenue from users awareness begins.
Ministry of Testing
Steveland Daniels - towards others
Deborah Lee
show how easy, quick and cheap it is to fix some accessibility issues!
Ministry of Testing
That's a great approach Kelsey
Steveland Daniels
Continuous learning. Once you're aware of issues. Talk to groups that deal with the problem and ask them what issues their members face. Read articles/forums. Letting other people know. Do talks on what you've learnt. Present your findings to the groups mentioned.
Steveland Daniels
Look to other mediums for inspiration. I know of people who test for accessibility for boardgames. Colour/Symbol contrast. Whether the game requires alot of facts to be held in your head. Size of text on the board. It all carries over..
Chris Miles
make everybody read what people with disabilities really think of your website. This was a game changer for us. https://axesslab.com...
Ministry of Testing
@CeeMiles Also a good idea! I'm guessing it opened a lot of eyes
Chris Miles
absolutely, and helped rephrase the discussion to one of proactive inclusion.