Minor updates to usable doc

Hi everyone,

When the make usable document went to the full AG group for comments, a couple came back. Minor things, but to make sure everyone knows here are the comments with my suggested changes.


  1.  “Whatever it is that the Venn diagram is meant to be illustrating needs more exposition. I am not sure I got the message the author is trying to convey. Something about automated testing being outside of Usability?”

So for this diagram: https://cdn.rawgit.com/w3c/coga/lisas-cahnges-such-as-easyread-abstract/content-usable/index.html#testing_groups_feedback

I suggest adding underneath:

“Usability is a key factor for everyone, if something is difficult to use it is cannot be accessible. Automated testing for accessibility tends to focus on more technical areas of accessibility, and cannot assess how easy something is to use. It is vital for people with cognitive disabilities that user-centred design and usability testing are part of the process.”

  1.  “The “five to ten” portion of the statement that “finding five to ten people with different learning and cognitive disabilities can be relatively easy” should be deleted as the number is not warranted without context of the scale of the larger usability testing effort.”

I tend to agree, some organisations / people don’t do any testing, so putting numbers on it immediately puts it out of reach for some people. I think it works with:

“Finding people to include in usability testing who have different learning and cognitive disabilities can be relatively easy, such as friends, colleagues, relatives or neighbors who:”

  1.  Typo in the abstract: “About people with with learning and cognitive disabilities”

An easy change.

Is there any objection to incorporating those?

Kind regards,



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Received on Thursday, 27 September 2018 14:48:55 UTC