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Re: Bringing accessibility into the development process (request for feedback).


From: Jon Gunderson
Date: Apr 16, 2007 8:20AM

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---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 14:02:51 +0200
>From: "Peter Krantz" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>Subject: [WebAIM] Bringing accessibility into the development process (request for feedback).
>First: sorry if this comes through like a shameless plug. It is not the
>intention. Secondly: sorry for the long post.
>I have been thnking about ways to bring accessibility into the development
>process [1]<http://www.standards-schmandards.com/2007/rapid-accessibility-feedback/>;and
>make it a normal part of development activities. In my experience
>accessibility evaluations are conducted at the end of a project. Testing at
>the end makes it a lot harder to fix errors and they typically cost more to
>To bring accessibility into a development project I have tried a couple of
>things and discovered some challenges:
> - Many developers know little about accessibility implications
> emerging from their coding decisions.
> - Accessibility evaluation is often conducted by experts outside the
> development team.
> - Aspects of accessibility (e.g. visual design, markup, content) is
> not clearly mapped to areas of responsibility in a development team.
>To get accessibility into the development process I have focused on
>automated evaluation of markup accessibility issues. The idea is that if you
>can make a basic markup accessibility check part of other automated tests
>there will be alot less errors discovered at the end of the project. Many of
>the existing tools today are not automatable and require a lot of expertise
>to go understand the result.
>For this purpose I am trying to make it possible to integrate Raakt (the
>Ruby Accessibility Analysis Kit)
>[2]<http://www.peterkrantz.com/raakt/wiki/>;into some of the popular
>acceptance testing frameworks.
>I would be grateful for your feedback on my ideas. Could this type of basic
>testing be valuable? In your experience, are my observations valid?
>[1]: http://www.standards-schmandards.com/2007/rapid-accessibility-feedback/
>[2]: http://www.peterkrantz.com/raakt/wiki/
>Thank you for your time.
>Peter Krantz