Evaluating the accessibility of a digital resource takes place in order to identify barriers that may inhibit or prevent people with specific access needs from being able to successfully use the resource as intended.
This may be motivated by the need to compare resources, in order to select the one that is most inclusive, or to benchmark progress towards or conformance with a specific standard, or to identify areas where the resource can be improved.
Approaches to evaluation depend on motivation, available time, budget and expertise. Common approaches including self assessment using manual and/or automated methods, hiring an accessibility expert, and recording the success with which people with specific impairments can use the resource. Combinations of methods are recommended in order to cover different aspects.
Find out more about:
- Approaches to evaluating Web Accessibility
- Advice for Web site users on reporting accessibility problems (external)
- Approaches to evaluating digital interactive television accessibility
- Approaches to evaluating mobile/smart device accessibility
- Approaches to evaluating Self service terminal accessibility