Accessibility Testing or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore WCAG

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in WB II on Thursday November, 17.



  • Luis Garcia, Sr. Product Manager - Accessibility, eBay

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


WCAG Success Criteria each contain explicit or implicit exceptions. All too often, those new to testing apply success criteria where they're not applicable. This talk hopes to help prevent new testers from making these mistakes.


A common mistake made by those new to accessibility testing is over applying the guidelines. Even though some Success Criteria mention explicit exceptions, it's easy to not consider them or forget that they exist.

Knowing when not to apply the guidelines is just as important as knowing when to apply them. This presentation will look in-depth at situations in which WCAG Success Criteria do not apply.


  1. Exceptions that exist in WCAG
  2. WCAG Success Criteria
  3. Testing techniques

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Speaker Bio(s)

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia is a Product Manager for Accessibility at eBay. Previously, he was a Senior Accessibility Consultant with Deque and Founder/Organizer for the Austin Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup. In his spare time, he attends Accessibility Camps and evangelizes accessibility to anyone that will listen. He also plays video games.