Real world testing rules!

Real word testing got the seal of approval from accessibility expert Glenda Sims at Webstock recently. She said that none of the automatic and other web accessibility testing tools available would fully indicate accessibility without the experience of a real person with a disability.

Read more on why simulating real world experience isn't a complete solution, nor isusing a person (or people) with disability from your organisation.

She made the point that the open (accessible) web is for everyone on everything, where everyone can use the same information and perform the same functions. She said that accessibility makes us smarter.

While the primary focus of her presentation was on automated testing tools, and she described and listed many of them, identifying their value in the accessibility planning and testing process, she emphasised what she called “hands on,” and what we call “real world” testing as the final test.