How to Develop an Efficient Accessibility Testing Process


Presented at 9:15am in Governors Square 12 on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.



  • Lyssa Prince, ICT Accessibility Program Manager, Oklahoma State University

Session Details

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


This session will cover how to develop an accessibility testing process using six steps, from defining or choosing a checklist all the way to working with your audience to correct accessibility barriers found during the assessment.


Web accessibility testing can seem like a big scary monster that you don’t want to confront for fear of being eaten alive. There are so many questions surrounding it, such as: • Which testing tools should I use? • Do I need to test every single page of my website? • Do I have to perform manual testing? In this session, we’ll answer these questions and more as we discuss how to develop an accessibility testing process that is manageable and is much more impactful than handing over a set of automated test results. We’ll break down the process into these six steps: 1. Define your testing checklist(s) 2. Choose your tools 3. Define what you will test 4. Perform the assessment 5. Create a digestible report 6. Provide ongoing assistance Along the way, we’ll dive into the specifics of each step, from looking at sample checklists to talking about the pros and cons of various testing tools like WAVE, Axe, Accessibility Insights, and some bookmarklets. We’ll also discuss where enterprise testing tools may fit into the process. We’ll focus on a component-based approach to defining the scope of the assessment, which leads to a much more efficient assessment experience. A component, or pattern, is a piece of functionality commonly used across a website, such as an accordion or form, or a process, such as a cart checkout. Testing by component rather than by page can not only lessen the cognitive load of assessment work, it can also lead to a better experience working with your audience to review and correct any issues found. This session will also stress the importance of creating a report that provides all the issues found in your assessment in a method that will be digestible for your audience. Finally, combining your report with ongoing support in the form of training or one-to-one assistance will help you avoid overwhelming your audience and lead to a higher chance of correcting the most accessibility errors.


  1. Choosing accessibility testing tools and a checklist that work best for you is important.
  2. Testing by component increases the efficiency of your accessibility testing.
  3. Sharing an accessibility error report is helpful, but ongoing support and training will get better results.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Lyssa Prince

Lyssa Prince is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program Manager with Oklahoma ABLE Tech. She has a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from the University of Oklahoma and applies the user-centered approaches from the information sciences to digital accessibility. Lyssa enjoys digging into the meat of websites and applications in order to provide targeted feedback on how to include people of all abilities in an organization's digital presence. In addition to assessing websites for accessibility, she provides training and technical assistance on how to integrate accessibility into Adobe PDF, Microsoft Office, as well as how to perform accessibility testing. Lyssa was certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) as a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) in 2020.