[Accessibility-testing] 2018 goals review

Jason McIntosh jmac at jmac.org
Wed Jan 31 23:14:04 EST 2018

While I would agree with this statement, my understanding of the Testathon (based on conversations I had with Deborah years ago, pre-IFTF, when she first suggested this as a project) is that knowledge or possession of AT is not required to run the tests.

Rather, testers would be instructed on what the expected, standards-compliant results of various test inputs look like, and they confirm whether these results appear or not for each test. In a sense, the testers themselves would pretend to be AT devices, making sure that the output they see matches something that a standards-compliant AT device would be happy with.

Granted, this is all based on memory, and I’m having trouble finding online articles about past examples of this online. (When I google for “accessibility testathon”, I find… IFTF’s own webpages.)

> On Jan 31, 2018, at 10:09 PM, Andrew Plotkin <erkyrath at eblong.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Jan 2018, Jason McIntosh wrote:
>>   • Testers can be anyone with user-level access to the software being tested. They needn't be assistive technology users, or even people with disabilities -- though of course we'll welcome and encourage participation from AT users & PwDs.
> In our last big meeting, we were tending towards the idea that it would be easier to recruit assistive technology testers and teach them about IF than to recruit IF players and teach them about testing assistive technology.
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