On the testability of WCAG 2.0 for beginners

Alonso Amo, Fernando and Fuertes Castro, José Luis and González Martínez, Angel Lucas and Martínez Normand, Loïc (2010). On the testability of WCAG 2.0 for beginners. In: "7th International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A), 2010", 26/04/2010 - 27/04/2010, Raleigh, EEUU.

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Title:On the testability of WCAG 2.0 for beginners
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Alonso Amo, FernandoUNSPECIFIED
Fuertes Castro, José LuisUNSPECIFIED
González Martínez, Angel LucasUNSPECIFIED
Martínez Normand, LoïcUNSPECIFIED
Item Type:Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title:7th International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A), 2010
Event Dates:26/04/2010 - 27/04/2010
Event Location:Raleigh, EEUU
Title of Book:Proceedings of the 7th International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility (W4A), 2010
Date:2010
Department:Languages, Systems and Software Engineering
Faculty:Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Subjects:Computer Science
Freetext Keywords:Web accessibility, Web accessibility evaluation, Teaching Web accessibility
Creative Commons Licenses:Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Web accessibility for people with disabilities is a highly visible area of research in the field of ICT accessibility, including many policy activities across many countries. The commonly accepted guidelines for web accessibility (WCAG 1.0) were published in 1999 and have been extensively used by designers, evaluators and legislators. W3C-WAI published a new version of these guidelines (WCAG 2.0) in December 2008. One of the main goals of WCAG 2.0 was testability, that is, WCAG 2.0 should be either machine testable or reliably human testable. In this paper we present an educational experiment performed during an intensive web accessibility course. The goal of the experiment was to assess the testability of the 25 level-A success criteria of WCAG 2.0 by beginners. To do this, the students had to manually evaluate the accessibility of the same web page. The result was that only eight success criteria could be considered to be reliably human testable when evaluators were beginners. We also compare our experiment with a similar study published recently. Our work is not a conclusive experiment, but it does suggest some parts of WCAG 2.0 to which special attention should be paid when training accessibility evaluators

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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
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