Ady Stokes to lead a masterclass on simple tests for accessibility

Extremely excited to have @adystokes kick off the new Masterclass season. :tada:

Masterclasses are Ministry of Testing’s monthly software testing webinars presented by testing specialists on highly relevant topics. All our Masterclasses are 45 minutes long, with 15 minutes set aside for Q&A, allowing attendees to master new skills rapidly.

The live Masterclass webinars are open to all, whilst the Masterclass recordings are exclusively available to Ministry of Testing Pro Members to enjoy and learn from permanently.

After watching this Masterclass, you should be able to do the following:

  • List some of the basics of digital accessibility
  • Execute simple accessibility tests
  • Recognise the importance of adding some specialist testing to your toolkit
  • Plan how to add these tests to your daily work

Register to attend for free via the Simple Tests for Accessibility event page. It’s on March 28th 2023 at 8 PM (UK time).

And feel free to add a question here for Ady or the community to answer.


nooOOOOOOOOOO I am away at a work retreat that week :frowning: Darn it, I missed Ady’s quizzes a couple years ago too. One day I’m going to be at an Ady Workshop. One day.


Ah, yikes. That’s unfortunate timing @undevelopedbruce. :slightly_frowning_face:

If it’s any consolation, Ady’s Masterclass will be available to watch back after the live version. Available for folks who have an MoT Pro Subscription. :vhs:

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We need to find a way to make this happen. Have a think. I’m open to options.

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Questions from the Masterclass session

Elaine Heyes "very new to this topic… been playing around with talkback on my phone for mobile apps, one thing I have struggled with is if an app has menu items at the top and bottom of the page, and the main content menu is endless… how do you skip quickly between the top menu, the main content and the bottom menu please???

Why is it only up to 200% that you have to zoom to to pass WCAG guidelines?

Do you have experience, if there are counter-effects in other quality critieria? e.g better a11y makes it less performant (or such) - Maik Nogens

What are some good ways to get buy in and interest from colleagues or managers? - Deborah Reid

How to plan and carry out ADA & WCAG compliance audit? - Wali

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Mobile pages can have skip links as shown at the beginning but there are other options depending on the exact device. It’s a little while since I did mobile testing but things like 2, 3 or 4 finger taps or swipes can jump you up and down mobile apps or web pages. The key will be to find the right help page or cheat sheet for your specific device. Hope that helps.

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There are actually 2 criterion which talk about zoom. 1.4.4 Resize Text is intended to ensure up to 200% there’s no loss of content or function. 1.4.10 Reflow extends this to 400% with a focus on no horizontal scrolling as well as no loss of content or function.
Hope that makes sense but look at those on WCAG Checklist - Free and simple guides to WCAG 2.2 | Wuhcag

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There’s actually research that says the opposite.
Good a11y generally makes sites and apps simpler which increases performance and make for a better user experience / usability too. I’ve not come across any information to counter this.

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I think that would depend on their motivations so you could cover things like;

  • Morally it is the right thing to do (you wouldn’t stop someone in a wheelchair, for example, coming in a club so why would you stop someone accessing your app / site?)
  • Legally is is your obligation to do it
  • Money wise, as a business you could be losing up to 15% of revenue (see the purple pound which is the spending power of disabled households). Some might mention the cost, it costs little at design phase and more as you go through development, just like bugs.
  • Reputation enhancement as companies generally don’t want to be seen as exclusionary
    I spoke at Leeds Testing Atelier in 2019 I think on this subject. Here’s the link
    Hope that all helps

I run a whole days workshop on getting started with compliance audits so I’m not sure this is the best place to answer this as it would take a long time but a few things I’d mention is.

  • If you have no experience in house get an external company who use native assistive technologies to complete a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) for you so you know your starting point. I’ve created a checklist with a few testing hints that’s available for download on my website. WCAG 2.1 Accessibility Guidelines with Test Hints — The Big Test Theory
  • If you want to get started yourself read and understand the guidelines. Start small with keyboard and screen reader sessions and build up
  • Do the reading, watch talks and build up your knowledge
    Deque have some good information to get you started Writing a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
    I know that doesn’t really answer your question but hope that helps.

Many thanks to everyone who came and please feel free to add more questions

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This Masterclass recording on “Simple Tests for Accessibility” is now live on the MoT site and available for all Pro MoT members to rewatch! :tada:

Thanks again, @adystokes, for such an excellent demo and guide :clap:

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Recording is available now Bruce


Thanks Ady, I’ll take a look! You’re the best.