The workshop will provide a hands-on experience on how to use open source tools to evaluate and understand the accessibility of entire organizations to individual pages based on the requirements of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA requirements. Participants will be encouraged to bring and use their own devices during the workshop to analyze websites of their choice. The workshop will use their results as a discussion point of how the tools provide information on accessibility and discuss the limits of automated testing. The suite of tools can be used to evaluate and inspect entire organizations (e.g. collections of websites), websites (e.g. pages in the same domain) and individual web pages. The open source tools use the open source OpenAjax evaluation library. The workshop will explore the reporting structure, especially how to interpret evaluation results that require manual checking to determine if the accessibility requirement applies and if the accessibility requirement has been met. The workshop will also discuss how the OpenAjax evaluation library is based on the W3C ARIA Authoring Practices techniques to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA requirements. The ARIA Authoring Practices provide design information to meet WCAG 2.0 requirements. Many other automated evaluation tools are based primarily on the WCAG 2.0 failure techniques. The failure techniques provide a limited view of WCAG 2.0 requirements and a limited understanding of how web standards can be used to create highly accessible and usable websites for people with disabilities. The workshop will also be a listening point for participants to provide valuable feedback to improve the design of the tools and to guide development of new features.  

Three Key Takeaways

  1. Understand the accessibility requirements of the revised Section 508 requirements
  2. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of automated testing of web accessibility
  3. Learn about freely available open source tools to audit and inspect web pages 
Conference event time: 
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Morning sessions)
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Birmingham (Bridges)

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