W3C on testing – conformance evaluation methodologies (WCAG-EM)

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Web accessibility iniative on testing – valuable resource with a short reflection from me

When we think testing for accessibility, then we can not get pass the fact that testing should be user-oriented and also guidelines-oriented.

So the usability for all is the main agenda. But it is easier to follow best practices, guidelines and even rules to get there.

Therefore – we have to consider conformance evaluation methodologies that are a part of W3C and not re-invent them from scratch.

Document from W3C that describes the conformance evaluation methods and proposed practice (opens in new tab) is a very eye-opening and must-read set of steps and suggestions and it should be a part of accessibility curriculum for any web-developer, tester and even expand to other roles – such as designers and project managers.

Only then we can really be sure to know what is to be expected from all the work invested – and how to verify and validate it’s attribution to web accessibility.

In the document we get reminded that:

“it is necessary to evaluate the accessibility of a website before releasing, acquiring or redesigning the website and for periodic monitoring of the accessibility performance of a website over time”

So this is a valuable and inspiring source for everybody and for every phase of the project too.

Document from W3C that describes the conformance evaluation methods and proposed practice (opens in new tab)

Author: Bogdan Cerovac

I am IAAP certified Web Accessibility Specialist (from 2020) and was Google certified Mobile Web Specialist.

Work as digital agency co-owner web developer and accessibility lead.

Sole entrepreneur behind IDEA-lab Cerovac (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility lab) after work. Check out my Accessibility Services if you want me to help your with digital accessibility.

Also head of the expert council at Institute for Digital Accessibility A11Y.si (in Slovenian).

Living and working in Norway (🇳🇴), originally from Slovenia (🇸🇮), loves exploring the globe (🌐).

Nurturing the web from 1999, this blog from 2019.

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