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Re: Who can say that a web page is accessible according to wcag?

From: Michael S Elledge <elledge@msu.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:33:12 -0500
Message-Id: <46BC928D-E412-47F0-983F-6B107BD4C848@msu.edu>
Cc: "mpiazza@ig.com.br" <mpiazza@ig.com.br>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Sarah Jane Swierenga <sswieren@msu.edu>
To: Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>
Hi Marcelo--

It seems to me that the best way to have a person with a disability test an application for accessibility is to have them do typical tasks with it and see if they have difficulty. 

If you are asking how someone with a disability can evaluate an application for accessibility with respect to the WCAG checkpoints, then there will be the additional challenge of finding accessible tools for them to use--and even then, depending on the disability, they probably won't be able to test everything. 

Best regards,


Michael S. Elledge
Associate Director
Usability/Accessibility Research & Consulting
Michigan State University

On Dec 29, 2011, at 3:33 PM, Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com> wrote:

> Marcelo wrote:
> Now I have another question.
> I applied the tests existing in the W3 techniques to my software application.
>> Could you give an example?
> But how can I apply these tests to my application aided by a person
> with disabilities?
>> Marcelo -- Are you referring to testers (in this case, PWDs) going by a checklist during accessibility reviews?
> Is there a checklist that helps this procedure? I think the W3 tests
> are very extensive to be executed by person with disabilities.
>> Not sure -- Shouldn't a PWD know how to test? Maybe I did not understand your question. I would rather have information on what needs to be tested, and not how.
> thanks,
> -Devarshi
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