Accessibility tests for beginners

This resource is for the person who gets handed a budget, told to get a web site made that conforms to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the AODA), knows nothing about web accessibility, and is told “don’t blow it because we can only afford to do this once”.

With a few links to things that a vendor has done using these tests can help figure out if they know anything about web accessibility.

It’s possible for two pages to look just about the same and one to be accessible while the other isn’t. example 1 and example 2 look the same, but the underlying code is very different. Instructions on how to do the tests are on both example pages.

Using the simple tests described on the example pages – the tab test, validating code, checking the use of headings, alt text and links – you can get an idea if they are accessible.

An accessibly coded site works for a variety of user agents and, in a world where Internet years are worse than dog years, has a reasonable lifespan. It allows access to the material you are presenting to everyone, whatever device or assistive technology they are using.

Slides for this talk used at the Guelph Accessibility Conference