Meet Sa11y: The Accessibility Quality Assurance Assistant

Scheduled at 11:15am in Virtual Room 1 on Wednesday, November 17.

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Speaker(s)

  • Adam Chaboryk, Ryerson University

Session Details

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

Summary

Ryerson University has several hundred website editors and thousands of web pages. Managing usability and website accessibility at scale poses its challenges. In an effort to avoid expensive cloud-based accessibility tools and enforce best practices in an easy, effortless way, we created Sa11y. Sa11y is an accessibility quality assurance tool that visually highlights common accessibility and usability issues specific to our content management system (CMS).

Abstract

Ryerson University has several hundred website editors and thousands of web pages. Managing usability and website accessibility at scale poses its challenges. In an effort to avoid expensive cloud-based accessibility tools and enforce best practices in an easy, effortless way, we created Sa11y. Sa11y is an accessibility quality assurance tool that visually highlights common accessibility and usability issues specific to our content management system (CMS). Geared towards content authors, Sa11y straightforwardly identifies errors or warnings at the source with a simple tooltip on how to fix them.

Sa11y was released as an open source tool in May 2020, and is featured on the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List, The A11y Project and various blogs. Sa11y is helping website editors around the world create accessible content.

This session will demonstrate the following:

- How Sa11y is custom designed for Ryerson’s CMS, and how it can offer a false-positive free experience for templated environments - How Sa11y is designed to take away the complexities of web accessibility and give confidence to non-technical website editors - Demonstration of custom ruleset and other practical use cases - How Sa11y reduces the need to pay for expensive web accessibility cloud-based services

After this session, you will be able to: - Evaluate strategies for implementing website accessibility within an enterprise content management system - Recognize benefits of implementing a custom tool that delivers template/CMS specific feedback to non-technical content editors - Access a free tool to add to your web accessibility testing toolkit

Project website: https://ryersondmp.github.io/sa11y/

Keypoints

  1. Ensuring usability and website accessibility at scale poses its challenges in a large organization.
  2. Lack of automated tools that solely address content accessibility (for non-technical folks).
  3. Lack of automated tools that focus on implementing quality accessibility practices e.g. quality alt text.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Institutional/Campus Change, Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Adam Chaboryk

Adam Chaboryk is an IT Accessibility Specialist at Ryerson University. Adam enables the Ryerson community with the resources and guidance to create a more inclusive digital environment for all learners, faculty, staff and the general public.