Simple accessibility heuristics for UX walkthroughs

Colin Clark colin.clark at
Fri Sep 7 18:01:51 UTC 2007

Hi all,

Daphne Ogle wrote:
> I wonder if we can make an assumption that the folks doing this 
> evaluation have at least a basic knowledge of HTML?  I don't want to 
> make this assumption for everyone but I know for me, as much I'd prefer 
> not to write code, I can make my way through HTML just fine :)  Thoughts?

Yes, this is a good question to bring up with the community.

One other motivation I didn't mention for leaving HTML out at this 
stage: so far, we have found in our preliminary walkthroughs that we 
were able to identify a large number of accessibility issues that were 
at a higher-level. More conceptual problems, if you will.

So one advantage to not looking too far under the covers is that you 
stay within the level of abstraction that helps to identify large-scale 
issues and components. Once we choose to delve into specific problems, 
then a careful look at markup and detailed issues will be critical.



Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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