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Use Assistive Technology users for testing

Projects should use native users of screen readers, magnifiers, voice command software to test their applications.

The functional performance criteria (1194.31)is a very important Section 508 provision in the current standards -and the questions asked under FPC are simply whether some one who is blind can use the system, some one who has low vision can use the system, someone who is deaf , and some one with mobility impairments problems can use the system.

What better way to test it than with native users so we can get an accurate picture of the compliance level of the application.

Submitted by sujatha.balakumar 2 years ago

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  1. Moderator

    I somewhat agree - native users for testing. Do you think individuals with multiple disabilities (i.e., blind and deaf) have different challenges than someone with a single disability?

    2 years ago
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  2. AT testing is necessary and has a role, but if you assert that AT is required in all determinations, it simply isn’t true. AT testing also doesn’t scale well. Do all developers and content authors need to learn how to test with AT? With shrinking budgets are you suggesting that the strategic plan ask agencies to deploy armies of centralized testers? Best practices means picking the right methods in the right circumstance. Not applying a method effective in some circumstances to all instances.

    2 years ago
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  3. Sujatha

    First, thanks for using your real name.

    I agree that testing with real AT users is a valuable tool that should be used more often than it is, especially for solving difficult problems or understanding which of several solutions makes the site more usable with AT.

    This sort of testing does not have to be done for each document or web page, but it is important in both checking that the ICT actually provides access .. and it's a great way to help those of us who do not use AT understand the requirements better.

    I can't imagine creating anything without including the audience in some way.

    2 years ago
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  4. While this might be ideal, it isn't practical. Even if the government agencies made licenses available to developers who wanted to do some testing with assistive devices, it would be helpful -- more helpful than requiring them to put progress on hold until an actual user became available to assist with accessibility testing.

    2 years ago
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  5. This very similar idea to [Encourage usability testing with people with disabilities] at http://section508.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Encourage-usability-testing-with-people-with-disabilities/92592-18183

    2 years ago
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