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Accessibility testing, for testers and QA folk

Here’s a short and sweet guide to accessibility testing for testers and QA folk.

Since we usually have limited time to do these things, I’ve suggested must, should, and could activity, plus a bonus extra credit one.

  • Must: test with a keyboard, no mouse or trackpad. It’s an accessibility requirement that all content is available from the keyboard.
  • Should: run the axe browser extension (more on axe). This will pick up any big accessibility problems (such as form controls missing labels).
  • Could: use the Accessibility Bookmarklets to visually check the content. This checks that semantic HTML was properly used (meaning that screen reader users will be be able to access the content properly).
  • Extra credit: test with a screen reader (detailed guide to testing with screen readers).