Addressing the Challenges of automated accessibility assessment

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Meadowbrook I/II on Thursday November, 16.

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Speaker(s)

  • Charudatta Jadhav, DR., TATA Consultancy Services Ltd.
  • Sumeet Agrawal, Mrs, Tata Consultancy Services

Session Details

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

Summary

TCS “iAccess” is an automated accessibility assessment tool with the industry best automation capability (>55%). The tool is capable of testing individual web pages and complete websites for accessibility compliance against WCAG 2.0 (level A, AA, AAA) and Section 508.

Abstract

In spite WCAG 2.0 guidelines, accessible websites are less in number than we might expect. There are many reasons behind this situation however the prominent one is that a major portion of accessibility assessment is done manually and the automation quotient is very low. These tools can evaluate only the HTML and CSS based checks, leaving a lot to be done manually. To address this challenge we took a 2 step approach: 1. Increase the automation 2. Optimizing the accessibility assessment process. In this session we present our in-house tool “i-Access”. This tool uses innovative methods to identify and assess the widgets which cannot be identified based on the HTML semantics and structure such as Menu bar, Tree view, Slider, etc. Testing of dynamically generated pages has also been automated by the record and playback feature of “i-Access”. Also >55% of the testable criteria has been automated, thus raising the bar. Comparative analysis of TCS “i-Access” tool with industry existing commercial tools for the coverage, accuracy and completeness of the non-compliance reported by tool will also be presented.

Keypoints

  1. Web Accessibility assessment
  2. Web Accessibility automation
  3. Validation of WCAG standards

Disability Areas

accessible design, Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Charudatta Jadhav

Dr. Charudatta Jadhav is working as Head, Accessibility Center of Excellence for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS).He has been working as a key architect and lead consultant in establishing Accessibility practice in TCS organization wide. Strongly believes in Universal designed centric approach to personalize the user experience while designing IT products, solutions or any devices so that all people reach their highest potential in work and life. He is striving for integrating accessibility in the DNA of TCS and drives accessibility as integral part of business strategy. Apart from his professional commitments he is also actively involved as Vice President of International Braille Chess Association (IBCA apex world body of blind chess) since 2008, first and only ASIAN to receive this honor and is also Founder and President of All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).

Sumeet Agrawal

Sumeet Agrawal is working as Accessibility Lead, Accessibility Center of Excellence for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS).She has extensive project management experience in running accessibility projects for TCS. She has played a very important role in establishing Accessibility practice in TCS organization wide and has given numerous training on Web accessibility. She is current involved in various accessibility research areas.

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