Laptop with screenshot of AUS score displaying

Building the Accessible Usability Scale

In the early days of Fable, I was attending an #A11yTO meetup at the Firkin on Yonge in Toronto. I remember sharing the idea of what we were building and being asked a question that I didn’t know the answer to, “Are you helping with accessibility or usability for people with disabilities?”

Low-hanging fruit

It was early 2018 and Fable had only just started to engage screen reader users in digital product testing. If you’re unfamiliar with screen readers, they are a common assistive technology (AT) for people with blindness to access and navigate computers. Almost everything that we were finding on websites had to do with poorly labelled form elements and a lack of structured content, common issues that are often referred to as low-hanging fruit when it comes to accessibility.

“Low-hanging fruit doesn’t mean low impact.” – Samuel Proulx, Community Manager, Fable

Accessibility or usability?

The W3C says that web accessibility relates to people with disabilities being able to equally