Testing Web Pages for IITAA Compliance

The type of testing that can be done to verify compliance with IITAA requirements will vary depending on the size of the contract and the impact the contract has on employees, students and the general public. The more people that will be using a web page or application the more accessibility verification and testing should applied to the products competing for the contract. The first level of accessibility testing is use automated tools to estimate the use of patterns of accessible markup used to create the web page. The second level is to perform some simple functional tests to look for basic accessibility features required by IITAA. The next level would be using external consultants skilled in accessible design to review the accessibility of the web site or application and/or to include people with disabilities from your campus to be part of the evaluation team and ideally do testing to confirm vendor claims of accessibility.

Automated Evaluation Tools

Automated tools can look for patterns of markup that indicate people are using html markup and can generate reports on the accessibility of web pages. Tools can be used by both developers and reviewers to provide a quick analysis of the accessibility features of a web page.

Usage: This can be used for all web resources that are considered for purchase.

Quick Manual Testing Techniques

The following techniques can be used to get an understanding of the functional accessibility features of web pages. By making sure all the major topics use heading markup, links make sense when read out of context, images have appropriate ALT text and pages can be viewed in high contrast settings will give a good functional understanding of accessibility.

Usage: This technique should be used for all web resources that are considered for purchase that maybe used by the general public, staff, instructors and students.

External Evaluations

Independent audits for IITAA compliance can provide critical information for web sites and applications that are designed to be used by large groups of people on campus, especially web applicatoins that are used for communication and business administration.

Usage: This technique could be used for all web resources that are considered for purchase that will used by the general public, staff, instructors and students.

Testing with People with Disabilities

Usage: This technique should be used for all web resources that are considered for purchase that will used by the general public, staff, instructors and students.