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RE: Accessibility evaluation methodology

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:37:02 +0800
To: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>, Léonie Watson <lwatson@nomensa.com>
CC: "public-wai-rd@w3.org" <public-wai-rd@w3.org>, Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
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Hi all

I developed a methodology which is probably quite similar to those many of you have discussed.  This methodology was made public in my thesis "Website Accessibility in Western Australian Public Libraries".  In this methodology, I evaluate the entire website against the WCAG 2.0 guidelines to Level AAA with 2 different automated tools.  Then I manually evaluate a representative selection of pages and in doing this I use a number of tools including screen readers.  I have since moved further and use a group of disabled users with a wide range of disabilities who are all expert website evaluators to confirm my findings and also to point out areas that I have missed.


Vivienne L. Conway
From: public-wai-evaltf-request@w3.org [public-wai-evaltf-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Shadi Abou-Zahra [shadi@w3.org]
Sent: Thursday, 20 October 2011 8:41 PM
To: Léonie Watson
Cc: public-wai-rd@w3.org; Eval TF
Subject: Re: Accessibility evaluation methodology

Hi Leonie,

Is this methodology documented publicly?

The idea is not to document organizations that carry out evaluations but
rather existing, publicly documented methodologies to learn from.

I will clarify the wiki page accordingly.


On 20.10.2011 12:26, Léonie Watson wrote:
> Good morning,
>       In response to Shadi's request for one/two sentence descriptions of accessibility evaluation methodologies:
>       Nomensa manually evaluates a representative sample of pages against the full set of WCAG success criteria, and uses automated tools to evaluate a large sample of pages against a subset of WCAG success criteria. We also carry out an holistic evaluation of the site from the perspective of people with different disabilities/assistive technology requirements.
> Regards,
> Léonie.
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Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
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