W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > April to June 2002

RE: Testing web page accessibility by phone

From: Liz Fuller <liz.fuller@verizon.com>
Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 08:42:51 -0400
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <FIEAIGLKBFHPGFEOPKMBKEDOCFAA.liz.fuller@verizon.com>

Validation is all fine and good but it would be quite simple to have a site
that validates and passes all the standards tests but when a user sits in
front of it they can't use it at all.  Perhaps what Scott is testing in his
phone sessions is not accessibility per se but usability by people who are
blind.  This is an extremely valuable activity that will provide way more
insight into how people will access your site than a simple validation
activity.  Both automated validation testing and real live user testing are
important steps in good site design.


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On Behalf
Of David Poehlman
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 8:03 AM
To: Jerry Weichbrodt; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Testing web page accessibility by phone

interesting point Jerry!

This harkens back to my point of "vallidation" with which I was putting
forward the crazy notion that doing it right to begin with makes a huge

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 7:57 AM
Subject: Re: Testing web page accessibility by phone

I wonder how much of this depends on the user agent, by which I mean the
combination of the web browser and screen reader.  As a specific
ever since JAWS for Windows discovered how to grab headings (*real*
with numbers, not just over-sized type that web designers like to
are headings) and present them in a list with the ability to move
immediately to a heading, I have suddenly become very enthusiastic about
proper use of headings to mark off important section divisions in a web
page.  Prior to the heading support, I have to confess that headings
do much for me because they were essentially indistinguishable from
stuff on the page.  It makes a big difference, to me anyway, if you can
some sort of hierarchical view of a web page rather than just the
never-ending linear version.

In summary, how a web page "stacks up" may be surprisingly dependent on
browser/screen reader used to view it.  Just my two cents, and hopefully
too far off the mark.


----- Original Message -----
From: "phoenixl" <phoenixl@sonic.net>
To: <phoenixl@sonic.net>; <poehlman1@comcast.net>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: Testing web page accessibility by phone

> Hi,
> First, the goal isn't necessarily validation but looking at
> accessibility.  Second, different people have different
> of what an accessible web page is to blind people.  For example, look
> the various standards that have been or are being developed.
> The methodology being used was to get subjective experience of various
> blind subjects.  Rather than taking the perspective that the web pages
> are accessible because they meet some set of standards, we focused on
> whether the blind subjects themselves experienced the web pages as
> accessible.  The feedback that was given was interesting and helpful.
> Using a comparison strategy can also be helpful, but not always
> necessary for getting useful information.  The issue of skill is
> something to consider.  A question though is how much is it a blind
> person's responsibility to have a certain skill level and how much is
> the web page's responsibility not to have high expectations for skill
> level?
> The Hisoftware person I talked with left me with the impression that
> software doesn't have mechanisms for measuring such things as how long
> does it take for the blind subject to understand a web page or
> determining how accurately the blind subject understands the web page.
> The software basically is checking syntax against a specified set of
> standards rather than evaluating the experience of the subjects.
> Rather than discussing the questions, it might be interesting first to
> use them when working with a variety of blind subjects.  However, a
> question to ask is if a sighted person can understand the purpose of a
> web page in let's say 15 seconds and it often takes a blind person 2
> minutes to understand the same web page, is that web page accessible?
> Scott
Received on Wednesday, 29 May 2002 08:43:49 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21:19 UTC