At uTest, we specialize in in-the-wild testing. Our worldwide community of more than 100,000 testers provides real feedback from real users. But a truly great tester doesn’t limit themselves to issues that only they would encounter. They anticipate and seek out issues that other users would have as well. Making sure that an application doesn’t suffer from shorting access to users with physical or mental disabilities is at the heart of Accessibility testing. One of uTest’s top testers, Helen Burge, designed a uTest University course that takes us through a broad level overview of accessibility testing.
Accessibility testing, as Helen puts it, focuses on the user. Essentially, if your application cannot be used by someone who is visually impaired, hearing impaired, or has any number of other possible limitations, you have an accessibility issue. The accessibility testing course is a great tool for developers looking to avoid locking out certain users and for testers trying to suss out bugs related to accessibility. Helen runs through a number of scenarios where someone may be limited. She also provides a link the World Wide Web Consortium website where you can see internationally shared standards of accessibility.
The key takeaway from this course is that accessibility testing is just as, if not even more, important than its testing counterparts. While issues with functionality and usability may lead you to lose and alienate your customers, accessibility issues may lead to a lawsuit for discriminatory practices.