Accessibility: Testing and Screen Reader Use

This course will teach you different techniques to efficiently and thoroughly test your websites for accessibility, using a combination of testing tools and various assistive technologies like screen readers.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 9, 2020
Duration
2h 43m
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Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 9, 2020
Duration
2h 43m
Description

Testing for accessibility should be embedded into your daily workflow. In this course, Accessibility: Testing and Screen Reader Use, you’ll learn to test web sites for accessibility. First, you’ll explore simple techniques to test for the most common accessibility issues. Next, you’ll discover tools you can build into your daily workflow to prevent introducing new issues. Finally, you’ll learn how to test using assistive technologies like screen readers. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of testing techniques needed to ensure your websites are inclusive and accessible.

About the author
About the author

Gerard K. Cohen loves front end engineering so much that he is on a mission to make sure that the web is inclusive to all users, making rich internet experiences available for all. He believes great user experience includes performance and accessibility. 

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, everyone. My name is Gerard K. Cohen, and welcome to my course Accessibility: Testing and Screen Reader use. I'm a passionate front‑end engineer and a frequent speaker at web and accessibility conferences around the country. By day, I'm a lead accessibility strategist at one of the nation's largest banks, and I lead a team of accessibility professionals in architecting and engineering accessible components as part of a UI Library used by over 80 different commercial applications. Testing for accessibility is a big part of what I do every day, either directly testing or working with people that test for accessibility. Testing for accessibility should be embedded into your daily workflow, and in this course you'll learn to test websites for accessibility. First, you'll explore simple techniques to test for the most common accessibility issues. Next, you'll discover tools that you can build into your daily workflow to prevent introducing new issues. Finally, you'll learn how to test using assistive technologies like screen readers. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include testing for various input modalities like keyboard, touch, and voice; doing static code analysis like HTML validation and inspecting source code in the browser; and finally, testing with screen readers like NVDA, JAWS, and VoiceOver on Mac OS and iOS, while learning the truth about screen reader myths. When you're finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of testing techniques needed to ensure your websites are inclusive and accessible to disabled people, as well as the various points in your daily workflow to build in testing. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with the basic web platform of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as well as front‑end tooling like linters and unit tests. Of course, knowledge of the web accessibility guidelines is a major plus. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn accessibility testing and screen reader use at Pluralsight.