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Practical accessibility testing

Overview and objectives

This practical workshop guides you through web accessibility testing techniques, introducing tools and providing tangible examples. It focuses on testing carried out using dedicated testing tools, simple browser tests and some widely used assistive technology software such as screen readers.

The workshop illustrates both automated and manual testing and explains the differences between them. It also gives the opportunity to learn, through practical examples, what to look for when testing and how to identify some of the most common accessibility issues.

  • Suitable for: web designers, developers and programmers. Key stakeholders in the design and build of websites who already have a basic understanding of accessible web design.
  • Pre-requisites: a sound knowledge of (X)HTML and a basic knowledge of CSS.

Content

Aspects include:

  • Aim and importance of testing - why websites should be tested and what to test against.
  • Types of testing - an overview of the variety of accessibility testing that can be carried out on a website.
  • Testing tools - an examination of programs and techniques that can be used to carry out automated or manual testing.
  • Practical examples - testing aimed to identify the most common accessibility problems.

Benefits

Participants will:

  • Understand why web accessibility testing is important.
  • Learn what to test for, in relation to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • Find out what testing tools are available and their strengths and limitations.
  • Learn techniques to apply when checking their own websites.

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