Overview of Accessibility Evaluation and Methodology


Testing can be conducted manually or by using automated systems. Testing for the needs of multiple user groups requires a variety of methods, what may be acceptable to one user group can have a negative impact on another and therefore it is necessary to test for a range of abilities and issues.


The following topics are available in this elearning module:

Introduction to Accessibility evaluation and methodology

The reasons for testing and who should be carrying out the testing process.

Scoping Styles

There are several ways of scoping a website. Analysing the journeys users may take on your site, and testing those areas, can save you time and resources.

Testing Styles

Automated, semi-automated, and manual testing all have their positives and negatives. Here we discuss which is best for the website you are testing and if using more than one method can give the best results.

Testing Guidelines - Laws and Standards

The various accessibility standards available and where they are applicable.

Automated Testing (Using Sortsite)

The process of using SortSite during testing with a step-by-step guide to the setup, testing, and interpretation of the results.

Semi-automated Testing

This topic will cover WAVE, Axe, colour contrast, and readability analyser tools and how they can be used in the testing process.

Testing for Voice Activation and keyboard

The needs of keyboard users and the parameters for testing with Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Testing for Screen reader

Testing with JAWS and NVDA, types of images that may be found on websites, and the role that CSS can play are covered in this topic.

Testing for Low Vision

What to test for, text size, magnification tools, colour contrast, and the parts they all play in aiding low vision users.

Testing for Dyslexia

We explore the obstacles that dyslexic users can face, what to avoid, and how to ensure accessibility for users in this group.

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