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The BITV-Test is a reliable and comprehensive accessibility evaluation instrument. 50 detailed test steps help assessing whether information-oriented web sites are accessible for users with disabilities.

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18. April 13

Using WAI-ARIA
The difficulty of finding out how to use WAI-ARIA correctly

Even with the best of intentions and diligent searching it is still rather difficult to work out how to correctly use WAI-ARIA – even for rather simple use cases.   [more] zu: Using WAI-ARIA - The difficulty of finding out how to use WAI-ARIA correctly

WAI-ARIA

 

14. May 12

How effective is WCAG?
Methodological flaws put question mark on study of the impact of WCAG on user problems

A recent study has questioned the relevance of WCAG for improving website accessibility. It claims that only half of users' problems were covered by WCAG success criteria, and sees no evidence that the use of WCAG techniques improved matters.   [more] zu: How effective is WCAG? - Methodological flaws put question mark on study of the impact of WCAG on user problems

WCAG, User needs

 

09. January 12

Interpreting WCAG 2.0
The style switcher loophole

Opinion has long been divided on the use of style switchers for improved text contrast and size. While there are pros and cons, the use of style switchers to provide conforming alternate versions in order to meet WCAG success criteria can cause serious accessibility problems, especially for users with low vision.   [more] zu: Interpreting WCAG 2.0 - The style switcher loophole

WCAG, User needs

 

20. August 11

Interpreting WCAG 2.0
Text resizing: Why page zoom is not good enough - or is it? (update September 2014)

What do you need to do to ensure that users can resize the text on your web page? A quick look at WCAG's "How to meet 1.4.4 (Resize Text)" suggests that relying on browsers' page zoom is sufficient. So far, failure F69 has given us reason also to require text-only resizing to work. Now WCAG WG has announced an overhaul of F69.   [more] zu: Interpreting WCAG 2.0 - Text resizing: Why page zoom is not good enough - or is it? (update September 2014)

HTML and CSS, WCAG, BITV, User needs

 

18. August 11

Test development
Some accessibility evaluation problems to be addressed by EVAL TF

The objective of W3C's new Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF) ist to develop an internationally harmonized methodology for evaluating the conformance of websites to WCAG 2.0. In this article, we try to identify some of the key problems ahead.   [more] zu: Test development - Some accessibility evaluation problems to be addressed by EVAL TF

Test development, WCAG

 

04. August 11

Tests
The accessibility of Facebook

We have investigated the accessibility of Facebook in three subsequent "Tests of the Month" (May, June and July 2011). This article sums up the main findings.   [more] zu: Tests - The accessibility of Facebook

Tests, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, Web applications

 

04. August 11

Tests
The accessibility of Facebook, Part 3: Daily use

The third and final Facebook test looks at activities in daily use, such as finding friends or sending status messages. How does Facebook fare here, in terms of accessibility?   [more] zu: Tests - The accessibility of Facebook, Part 3: Daily use

Tests, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, Web applications

 

08. July 11

Interpreting WCAG 2.0
Does a 'talking head' video need captions?

When videos of ‘talking heads’ (like news reporters or politicians) are posted on websites conforming to WCAG 2.0, do they always require captions?   [more] zu: Interpreting WCAG 2.0 - Does a 'talking head' video need captions?

WCAG, BITV, Test development

 

04. July 11

Tests
The case for text-only resizing: a look at twenty online news sites

One requirement of WCAG 2.0 is that text can be resized by 200% without the loss of content or functionality. In this article, we look at twenty online news portals ans online newspapers to check how well text resizing is currently supported.   [more] zu: Tests - The case for text-only resizing: a look at twenty online news sites

Tests, HTML and CSS, User needs

 

29. June 11

Tests
The accessibility of Facebook, Part 2: Account and Profile Settings

Part 1 of our Facebook test focused on the initial registration process. In the second part of our test, we investigate whether customising account and profile settings causes accessibility issues.   [more] zu: Tests - The accessibility of Facebook, Part 2: Account and Profile Settings

Tests, HTML and CSS, WAI-ARIA, Web applications

 

About the English version of the BITV-Test web site

The domain bitvtest.eu provides an overview of the BIK project and the BITV-Test, as well as selected English articles.

BIK is a German project. The BITV-Test, our articles and tests have all been written in German.

The English site bitvtest.eu does not provide a full translation of all this content. Instead, it offers a general overview of the BITV-Test as a tool for evaluating the accessibility of web sites.

In 2011, a version of the BITV-Test will be released as WCAG-Test.

This site also hosts our occasional English articles and publications, and tracks BIK's involvement with other initiatives in the European context.