By Jennie Delisi, Accessibility Analyst
Repost from the MNIT

Who Tests, What Gets Tested, and Why

Keyboard testing is one of the most basic digital accessibility tests. If you are going to learn one test, start with this one! It helps many people, including people who:

  • Use screen reading software, such as people who are blind.
  • Use alternative access methods like keyboard only (no mouse), switches, or use their voice to operate their computer. These may be people with tremors, or people with other types of mobility challenges.

The goal of keyboard testing is to answer these questions:

  • Can someone use all interactions without a mouse?
  • Can that person (visually) tell which interaction they are on?
  • Are the interactions in the order a person expects?

Anyone that makes digital communications needs to know how to do these tests. Even if you create basic digital communications! Some examples include:

  • Emails.
  • Social media posts.
  • Documents.
  • Web pages (including SharePoint pages).
  • Mobile apps.
  • E-learning.
  • Digital maps.
  • Data visualizations.

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