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Involving Users in Evaluating Web Accessibility

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This page introduces considerations for usability testing and other evaluation with disabled people (“users with disabilities”).

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Involving users in web accessibility.
Involving users in web accessibility.

Accessibility is about making your websites and applications usable by people with disabilities. That includes your customers, clients, employees, students, and others.
Accessibility. A person in front of a computer. Next to the computer the words: customers; clients; employees; and students.

Unfortunately many approach accessibility just as a checklist. This risks missing the real purpose of accessibility – the user experience.
A checklist replaces the person. The website on the screen crumbles. 4 people replace the computer and checklist.

Involving people with disabilities throughout your design and development process can be more effective and yield better results:

  • designers and developers learn how people with disabilities use the web, and understand assistive technologies and adaptive strategies they use;

The group of people are surrounded by icons [...]

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