Streamlined Accessibility Testing: How a Harmonized Baseline and Quick Test/Fail Techniques Increase Efficiency – copy of old version




  • Kim Phillips, Manager, Marketing Programs, Level Access

Session Details

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


This presentation will cover how to build a testing methodology based on the ICT Testing baseline, reviewing the evaluation methodologies that are available and the related benefits of each, along with quick test/fail techniques to increase overall efficiency.


A methodology built on a harmonized testing baseline is paramount in order to trust the results from digital accessibility audits. A baseline removes ambiguity, providing a set of methods, test steps, and agreed upon pass and fails for consistent, reliable results. It is the foundation of a testing methodology.

Once an organization-wide testing baseline has been established, scoping, testing and reporting techniques can be optimized to meet the needs of the organization. For example:

Incorporating a scoping process to identify core user workflows, pages, and components for testing will reduce the amount of testing required.

Automated tools can be used to test certain requirements, and the right manual inspection tool will make testing more efficient overall.

Using standardized reporting templates with common information such as user impact, examples, and recommended solutions saves time and generates consistent reports.


  1. Understand the value of adopting a baseline (minimum) set of tests to be incorporated in all test processes.
  2. Understand how to develop an optimized testing methodology incorporating the baseline.
  3. Learn what Quick Fail/Quick Tests techniques increase efficiency and reduce resource demands.

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Kim Phillips

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