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

Presented at 9:15am in WB II on Thursday, November 17, 2016.



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

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • 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 Senior Product Manager for Accessibility at eBay. In his spare time, he participates at Accessibility Camps, evangelizes accessibility to anyone that will listen, and works on various accessibility related side projects. He sometimes plays video games.