Web accessibility testing is a subset of usability testing where the users under consideration have disabilities that affect how they use the web. The end goal, in both usability and accessibility, is to discover how easily people can use a web site and feed that information back into improving future designs and implementations.

Accessibility evaluation is more formalized than usability testing generally. Laws and public opinion frown upon discriminating against people with disabilities. In order to be fair to all, governments and other organizations try to adhere to various web accessibility standards, such as the US federal government’s Section 508 legislation and the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Websites created these days should:

  • Address the needs of people with all disabilities.
  • Balance the needs of people with differing disabilities.
  • Match those needs to optimal techniques.
  • Use clear language to express needs or techniques.
  • Take into account personas and incorporate disabilities including (for example):
    • Impaired vision
    • Colour-blindness
    • Blindness
    • Deafness.
    • Hard-of-hearing
    • Deaf blindness
    • Epilepsy
    • Dyslexia

ImpactQA accessibility testing experts ensure that your website conform to W3AG guidelines. Use of tools like Bobby, Supernova, JAWS etc. are used to test accessibility of applications and software that are developed for partially blind or hearing impaired people. Our testers run through the website with accessibility checklists and guidelines and deliver a comprehensive test report.