Accessibility Testing

Accessibility Testing is performed as a subset of a more comprehensive Usability Testing cycle. In this cycle, QA Valley demonstrates that the system is usable by individuals with incapacities in areas such as sight or hearing.

Around 15 to 20 percent of the world’s population has disability issues. A good web application should be disabled-friendly. Accessibility Testing is performed to ensure that people with disabilities use assistive technologies such as Speech Recognition, Screen Reader, Screen Magnification and Special Keyboard, which helps them in operating a software product during accessibility testing cycle.QA Valley ensures that the application supports people with disabilities like Complete Blindness, Color Blindness, Poor Vision, Other Visual Problems, Physical disability in using the mouse or keyboard, Learning Disabilities/Poor Memory, Reading Problems, and Deafness/Hearing Impairments.

At QA Valley, the process of Accessibility Testing is conducted both manually and with the assistance of automated tools such as WAVE, TAW, AChecker, aDesigner, VisCheck, and Accessibility Valet. The Accessibility Testing Cycle is performed by both experts and users. The testing conducted by experts focuses mainly on the structure of inspection of software components, emulation of disabled user experience, operability and understandability on the visual appearance of the user interface. The testing conducted by users is done with the help of assistive technologies, wherein the users check features of the software that offer access to both normal and differently abled people.

In many countries like the US, UK, and Australia, there are certain legalizations which require that software products should be accessible by differently-abled people. In order to obey these laws, Accessibility Testing of software is mandatory for ensuring legal compliance. Some countries have also defined accessibility guidelines such as Section 508 by the US government and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guideline). Many countries have adopted WCAG 2.0 (accepted as an ISO standard) as their legal standard for web accessibility. Accessibility Testing at QA Valley ensures that software product is perfect for differently abled people.