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Testing Mobile Applications and Websites for Accessibility

Proposal No: 239

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Length of Session (in hours): 6Format: Lab Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Pre-Conference

Summary of Session

Bring your mobile phone and spend the day learning about mobile accessibility! We will review the current state of accessibility features on mobile devices, and the differences across platforms and between websites and applications.


How accessible are the iPhone, iPad and Android devices? What sort of accessibility features are available and how does the level of support differ between native applications and websites? In the rapidly evolving mobile environment this can seem unclear. During this hands-on workshop, we will review these features and challenges, and explore tools and techniques for testing mobile websites and applications. The devices may be small, but the topic is big!


  1. Accessibility features and tools on mobile devices
  2. Mobile testing tools and techniques
  3. Differences between applications and websites for features and testing

Speaker Bio(s)

Kathleen Wahlbin

Kathy Wahlbin is a digital accessibility expert and general manager of The Paciello Group; she has been working in the field of accessibility since 2001. As an invited expert of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, W3C Mobile Accessibility Task Force, and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, she regularly contributes to the development of new accessibility standards, guidelines, techniques and methodologies.