The Ministry of Testing has declared that May should be “30 Days of Accessibility Testing“. As in the days of yore when I used to take on these challenges and blog regularly, I’m in the mood to get back to doing that. Therefore, I am looking to write a post every day around this topic and as a way to address each line of their checklist.
Yes, it’s past May. In fact, it’s June 5th. An extended absence for Memorial Day weekend turned into a frantic last week of school for my girls and my having a lot less time to finish strongly, however, a promise is a promise, and I said I was going to do all 30 days, and I’m gonna’ cover them all. Therefore, today, you get a “fourfer” and a wrap-up commentary all in one.
Since I have an iPhone, this is fairly straightforward. iPhone has VoiceOver, and to enable it, you go to Settings: General: Accessibility: VoiceOver.
VoiceOver presents you with a few options to configure, such as:
– VoiceOver speed, which can be slower or faster with a swipe.
– Use Pitch change
– Verbosity: gives you an option for speech hints and to also read out emoji content.
– Voice: select a speaker whose voice you want to hear (you have a few defaults, and you can download other voices as per your preferred gender and accent).
– Pronunciations: If you want to make sure that you have certain words pronounced the way you want to you can create a custom phrase.
The biggest challenge as a sighted user is that the system slows you way down and forces you to select an area, listen to what it is and then press twice to enable that area to do something. Using the keyboard is slow because every key stroke is effectively three steps. First to locate the item and confirm that it is the item in question, and then two taps to make sure that the item has been selected. Even with full sight, I found it frustrating to type in a simple statement. I couldn’t imagine keeping track of what I was typing if I was sight-impaired.
In any event, it’s an interesting piece of tech and there’s quit a few areas I ned to still look at to really get a feel for what it can do. More to play with after the challenge is over (which really, means later today 😉 ).
28. Download and test a word document for accessibility issues.
I was hoping this would be an easy thing to test since I trade Word docs back and forth to get the show notes for The Testing Show completed, but alas, it seems that my documents are not interesting. Therefore, I figured I’d find a document somewhere interesting enough to give me an example to work with. I found “Word 2010 Accessibility Guidance – GSA” which let me do exactly that:
OK, so that tells me that “therefore” is a bit stuffy and I could use a simpler word, I have a big sentence that could be cut down a bit, and I can make the page more readable, but as it is it’s readable at a 5th grade reading level, and that’s cool with me. Always room for improvement, but I don’t want or expect my writing to require an English degree to decipher.
Wrapping It Up: 30 Days of Accessibility Testing