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Publication: A Method for Accessibility Testing of Web Applications in Agile Environments

Appears in: WCSQ 2017
Publication year: 2017

Date: March 2017


Sandra Sanchez-Gordon, Sergio Luján-Mora .


Currently, more than one billion people live with some form of disability. A person’s environment has a huge impact on the extent and impact of their disability, e.g. inaccessible environments create disability by creating barriers, while accessible environments diminish disability and enable full participation and inclusion. Web applications are often the only means available for people to access certain services or to certain information, e.g. healthcare information, public services, banking, education, and entertainment. Web accessibility is the property of a web application to support the same level of effectiveness for users with disabilities as it does for users without disabilities. In this study, we propose the use of simulators, automated tools, expert-based testing, and user-based testing in the context of a comprehensive method for accessibility testing of web application in agile environments. The proposed method consist of five stages, as defined by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board: test planning and control; test analysis and design; test implementation and execution; evaluating exit criteria and reporting; and test closure activities. For each of these stages, the method details specific tasks to perform accessibility testing of web applications in the context of agile developments.


Disability, Web Accessibility, WCAG, ISO 9241-171, ISO/IEC 25010, Software Testing Process, ISTQB, Agile


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