Accessibility testing is done with consideration to people with differing disabilities. It ensures that people with disabilities like color blindness, old age, vision & hear impairment are able to use the application.
Now day's technology has played very vital role in providing support to the people with differing disabilities by helping them in operating the software products and have a better experience.
When is manual accessibility testing needed?
There are many accessibility issues that currently can’t be replicated by a machine or computer program, which makes manual accessibility testing essential for ensuring that your solutions are actually useable for visitors with specific disabilities. This often includes things like keyboard-only commands, compatibility with various assistive technologies, and coordination with color-adjustment plugins for web browsers.
Being able to navigate and operate all of a website’s functions without the use of a mouse is essential for many users with disabilities, especially those who use certain assistive tools. Manual accessibility testing can help you determine if your site is optimized for keyboard-only functionality such as:
- Moving between sections of a web page
- Accessing all menus
- Top-of-page links that allow users to skip directly to each page’s vital content
- Links and form fields that can be highlighted using keyboard commands
Screen reader compatibility
Screen readers are among the most commonly used assistive tools for users with low vision, and there are key differences between each of the leading models. Manual testing is useful to determine how readable your content is for various assistive technologies, as many assistive situations—navigating menus, determining where links lead, or understanding the context of alternative text, for instance—are difficult to replicate in an automated setting.
Color adjustments -
While automated scans and browser plugins can be helpful in catching problematic color-contrast issues that make comprehension difficult for some users, most of these scans can’t detect contrast ratio images related to background images. Manually testing each area of your website against established standards can help make sure your content is understandable to a broader range of users.
Page titles -
The proper use of page titles can be a tricky prospect. While an automated scan can usually identify pages that are missing titles, it can’t determine their context or usefulness. A manual tester can help ensure that titles provide the meaning of the page in a clear, concise way that’s compatible with both assistive technology and search engine crawlers.
Proper coding -
Some elements of accessibility are not evident on the consumer side. Ensuring that HTML5 and WAI-ARIA elements are properly employed for maximal accessibility will often require a manual check by someone familiar with coding best practices.
Accessibility Testing: Testing Software for 508 Compliance
According to World Health Organization’s statistics, an estimated 1 billion people live with some form of disability. Whether making your website inclusive and accessible for ethical, legal or business reasons, you will face many challenges. Some of the most common disabilities are:
- Vision impairments
- Auditory impairments
- Mobility impairments
- Learning disabilities
With the advancement in technology, mobile devices and their applications have become pervasive. From ordering food to playing a game, mobile devices can be used to do a plethora of things without any geographical barriers. However, to maximize the productivity, applications need to be accessible by all, including people with disabilities.
Accessibility enables people with different abilities to better access the resources using special techniques and tools, sometimes referred to as WCAG 2.0 Audit.
Accessibility and Compliance Testing Offerings
accessibility assurance service offerings ensure easy use of software applications by the people with disabilities. We have the required experience and resources for accessibility testing, which helps the organizations to grow their business by adding new customers to their existing customer base. We ensure that the technology offerings are accessible to all, including people with disabilities. Our accessibility assurance service offerings include the following:
We have a dedicated unit/test center for independent testing of applications running on multiple devices.
Evaluating Web Accessibility
Based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 we perform 508 compliance checks on your website.
Evaluating Mobile Accessibility
Based on the Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 and WCAG 2.0, we ensure a uniform user experience of applications for disabled users. In addition, we focus on getting usability feedback from real users who are differently able.
Expertise and Structured Process
Our fixed core team of experts ensures Quality testing with structured process, which includes test environment management, test repository management, coordination management, and more.
Accessibility Testing Approach
- Identify the test environment after discussing with the customer.
- Verify that all the features of the Software/Webpage to be tested works fine.
- Check that the elements of the software package or webpage like dialog boxes, PDF, tables, form fields, links, multimedia, etc. that are to be tested are present according to ’ Section 508 compliance’.
- Carry out a manual test on the features covering maximum scenarios.
- Select some of the best testing tools for testing.
- Maintain a bug tracking tool to report all bugs.
- Carry out regression testing on the build after bug fixing.
- Check the test cases and ensure all pre-conditions are met.
- Track all the reported bugs till closure or resolution.