Simple accessibility heuristics for UX walkthroughs

Greg Gay g.gay at utoronto.ca
Fri Sep 7 17:29:02 UTC 2007


Just in IE 6 & 7. The mouseover is supposed to display the title text
normally (all other browser display title),  but in IE it displays the
contents of the Alt attribute.

Colin Clark wrote:

> Greg,
>
> Good point, I'll definitely add the "hover over images to check for
> alt text" technique. Do you know if this works in browsers other than
> IE 6?
>
> Colin
>
> Greg Gay wrote:
>
>> Hi Colin
>> The only thing I might add is a check for text alternatives for graphic
>> content. Usually that means including Alt text with images, but also Alt
>> 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)
>>
>> greg
>>
>> 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:
>>>
>>> http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Accessibility+UX+Walkthrough+Group
>>>
>>>
>>> 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?
>>>
>>> Colin
>>>
>>>  
>>>
>



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