Building the Accessible Usability Scale – A Walkthrough
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?”
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