Streamlined Accessibility Testing: How a Harmonized Baseline and Quick Test/Fail Techniques Increase Efficiency


Scheduled at 9:15am in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 21 (2019).



  • Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, 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.

Prioritizing recommendations based on the severity an


  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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Speaker Bio(s)

Jonathan Avila

With 20 years of experience in digital accessibility and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings unparalleled industry knowledge and a unique perspective to access solutions for technology with an extensive knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2), Section 508, and other accessibility standards and guidelines for the web, software, mobile technology, and hardware. He actively works with major industry development platform and assistive technology vendors, regulatory agencies and public-sector organizations to consistently update understanding of the proper level of accessibility for clients. Sought out as a thought leader in the industry, Jonathan has developed training for Federal agencies, presents webinars throughout the year on a variety of digital accessibility topics, speaks at conferences and other industry events, and is a regular contributor to the Level Access blog.