Sujasree will be presenting the following session
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  • Sujasree Kurapati

    Sujasree Kurapati - Accessibility Testing Isn't Hard.

    20 Mins

    Accessibility Testing is often ignored or placed as the last priority during the web or mobile development cycle. Sometimes a11y testing is not done until a lawsuit gets triggered or your potential customer declines to procure your product because it’s not accessible. Ignoring a11y can cost an organization dearly as it takes more time and effort to fix accessibility issues in existing websites post-release, than creating a fully accessible site right from the start (Revenue Loss). Your customers might be quickly moving towards solutions that are accessible while you go back trying to fix the accessibility issues (Customer Loss). Additionally an inaccessible platform fails to seek the attention of almost one billion people (Potential Prospects) – 15% of the world’s population.

    In this 20 minutes session we will discuss about a11y APIs that would assist Quality Assurance engineers with various methods to automate a11y testing against accessibility standards, efficiency that automation tools can bring in making web and mobile properties accessible and how easy it is to automate accessibility testing using open sources API (axe-core engine, API and axe for Android). The attendees will also learn about the ROI that an organization could see by integrating accessibility testing in their QA Selenium framework.

1. What got you started/interested in Testing?

I have been working in the area of accessibility testing, remediations and consulting since 2008. The level of positive impact that accessibility can make in the lives of persons with disabilities attracted me towards this domain, development, testing and consulting. 

2. What has been your best moment/highlight working with Selenium?

When we were able to integrate our accessibility core rule engine axe-core API with selenium to automate accessibility testing.

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

I will be presenting the topic "Accessibility is not hard". This will let the audience know about automation APIs available for accessibility and the usage and coverage of them. This will help the community to automate accessibility testing up to 50% of coverage while software is being developed rather than after the fact.

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s)?
  • Briefing Accessibility testing 
  • Automation APIs available, demo
  • If time permits, axe for Android (testing accessibility on native mobile applications)
5. Any personal message/remarks you want to share with the Testing community in Asia?

Digital Accessibility changes the life of a persons with disability in a very positive way and enables them to be so independent. Please evangelize the need of it in today's digital world and make it a better world for everyone to live. More than 15-19% of the world population is looking for accessible solutions.

Technically, we can automate accessibility testing and define custom rules to be more efficient and get it work for your organisation's content. There are tools to make the life easy. It is only our commitment to make it matters now.