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Standardized government-wide testing methodology

Related to a few ideas already posted, the government needs to create a standardized testing methodology that federal and contracted staff can use for compliance testing. Such a methodology needs to include both automated testing tools and functional, usability testing. Once the government standardizes on a testing approach, the market will react and can provide clearer results as to what is compliant and what is not. Even with the Section 508 refresh coming, the need for standardized testing methodology will be present.

Submitted by dalbert 2 years ago

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  1. I'm getting to be a broken record on this, but the best/easiest/fastest/cheapest way to create standardized testing methodologies is to support a community of practice. The community, through open dialogue and sharing of testing methodologies, will compare them and develop a dialogue about consensus and continuous improvement. It'd be better to do this informally -- informal doesn't mean sloppy, it means ignoring counterproductive roles and boundaries -- than to empanel exactly the right people from the right mix of agencies.

    2 years ago
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  2. dalbert Idea Submitter

    I like the community of practice idea, as long as there is strong executive support behind the concept; like support with the community's resource requirements and adoption of the team's finalized products. I'm OK with the informal aspects of a community of practice, but I feel there does need to be some structure, support, approval, and adoption for some of those final products that come from the community. Without it, clear compliance testing and enforcement becomes vague and difficult.

    2 years ago
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  3. Along with testing goes the rating. If a vendor does VPAT and only puts yes on one item, is that compliance? NO. So if bidders check yes to one item on VPAT and we ignore the ratings for the test, then what good is it? I do not feel if a bidder checks YES to one item that is compliance and should not be selected. The folks that wrtie software and make hardware know the law, they can afford to make their products compliant, but we select them if they check just one block yes then there is not incentive to FULLY comply.

    2 years ago
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