Simple accessibility heuristics for UX walkthroughs
Michael S Elledge
elledge at msu.edu
Fri Sep 7 17:12:05 UTC 2007
I would also add some more specifics about content organization, such
as if there are paragraph headings, table captions and section
headings in forms. Although their presence doesn't guarantee that
there is related accessibility coding, it certainly takes us a step
closer to its implementation. I'd also add a comment about ensuring
that link phrases make sense on their own, since they are a common
means of navigation.
We may also want to give reviewers the option of using a browser-based
tool to look at particular accessibility elements that otherwise are
hidden from view, unless you think it would make the us process too
lengthy, or intrude on the access expert role.
See the template and protocol we've used for Sakai: http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/confluence/x/14k
as an example.
On Sep 7, 2007, at 11:29 AM, Greg Gay <g.gay at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> Hi Colin
> The only thing I might add is a check for text alternatives for
> content. Usually that means including Alt text with images, but also
> for image buttons, clientside Map areas, etc, and empty Alt for
> meaningless or decorative images. Unfortunately it normally means
> examining HTML, though in IE 6 if one holds a mouse pointer over an
> image with Alt text, it will display.
> Missing text alternatives for visual content is the #1 accessibility
> barrier, and as such is listed in the guidelines as the first
> requirement for compliance (WCAG 1.0 Guideline 1.1)
> Colin Clark wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I've drafted a page that outlines the simple heuristics I have been
>> using for the UX walkthroughs while evaluating accessibility:
>> To be clear, this is intended as an easy process that anyone can
>> pick up
>> relatively quickly, even without any expertise in accessibility. It
>> isn't intended as a substitute for testing with real assistive
>> technologies, evaluation tools, and an "under the covers"
>> inspection of
>> the markup.
>> On the other hand, they're easy, low cost, and don't require any
>> substantial technical or accessibility expertise. A perfect fit for
>> anyone doing a UX walkthrough of Moodle, uPortal, or Sakai.
>> Thoughts? Suggestions?
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