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How new accessibility standard ISO 30071-1 helps developers

There’s a new international accessibility standard out – ISO 30071-1 – about embedding accessibility in your organisation and processes. So why should developers care? Aren’t the WCAG checkpoints for developers, and the new ISO for the product/project managers? Does it give developers any solutions for tricky accessibility challenges that they may face? Like how do they get the training they need to deliver accessibility; how to choose between WCAG 2.0 and 2.1; what requirements to use if they’re doing native apps; how to select code libraries that are accessible; what browser and assistive technologies they should test with, or should they just wait for an audit? Find out here…

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Using Gherkin To Write Accessibility Tests

Numerous accessibility automation tools, libraries and APIs are already available (including aXe, Pa11y, Google Accessibility Tools) which can be used to check whether code has been marked up to meet accessibility standards. But these don’t cover many of the tests you’d wish to make against WCAG success criteria, which aren’t about code, but about the how the page should respond to the user’s behaviour, such as tabbing. This blog discusses how the popular Gherkin language, which is often used for defining user acceptance test scenarios, and integrates easily with many automation frameworks including Ruby/Cucumber, PHP/Behat and .NET/SpecFlow (amongst others), can be used to write acceptance tests for these user behaviour tests…

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5 accessibility tests you can do in 5 minutes

Accessibility testing is a specialist skill. However, just because there are tests that require detailed knowledge and tools or expensive assistive technology, it doesn’t mean that it can only be done by experts. There are several a11y tests which can be done by anyone, in quite a short time without requiring any specialist knowledge. Importantly, they also do not require that you to have access to any specialist tools. Here’s 5 you can do in 5 minutes…

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