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Validation equals Accessibility?


From: Joshue O Connor
Date: Apr 16, 2007 12:30PM

There is another link in the chain.

The role of user testing is something that is going to gain increasing
visibility in the next few years, (yup, my crystal ball says so).
Involving users in the development process is a natural extension or
even evolution beyond automated accessibility checkers, accessibility
audits etc, it nicely complements and even completes the suite. I a
writing a paper about it at the moment and the thing that has struck me,
is it that user testing is in many situations an elitist exercise - as
very many developers just do not have access to testing facilities,
users of assistive technologies, skilled and experienced usability bods
etc. This is terrible. There should be more affordable quality user
testing facilities IMO they should even be subsidised by government or
by big business as part of their whole corporate responsibility spiel.

Don't know when that will happen, the old crystal ball has let me down
on that one.



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