From the POV of promoting Drupal's accessibility, it would be really useful if there was a categorization option for projects to indicate that it has gone through accessibility review and meets certain standards. Some other OSS communities do this for their projects, e.g. Wordpress for their themes, so even though D8 has great accessibility out of the box we need to promote to the contrib world to retain and continue this work rather than breaking it.

Johanna Bates suggested adding a rating to each project, alongside another rating for performance.

Thanks to Johanna Bates for bringing up the idea on Twitter.

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Mixologic’s picture

This is a great idea: A couple of questions:

Are there any automated tools that provide accessibility assessments?
What are the standards that one would use to judge them?
If the process is not fully automated, who would do the assessments, and would they need any special designations (much like the drupal security team etc)

For performance assessments - same sort of questions - how can we automate, by what standards do we judge, who's going to do the judging.

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Issue tags: +accessibility

I think we should skip the performance idea...

Mixologic’s picture

I missed that this issue was scoped to just A11y, because the blog post mentions both. Performance would be nice, but it's too large of an opinion bucket. A11y on the otherhand, I believe has some well definined boundaries/borders.

Mixologic’s picture

Found a pretty good blog post with some tools that we might be able to integrate into drupalCI: https://conocimientoplus.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/testing-accessibility-...

hanpersand’s picture

Yeah. I included performance in my post because it was a riff off a post about testing performance in off-the-shelf WordPress themes using WebPageTest.org. Performance is in some ways a squishier metric, and is much more relevant for off-the-shelf theme marketplaces.

I think an accessibility category or rating for Drupal projects would be fantastic. Accessibility has many intangibles and can also be squishy, so I think it would be important to be able to qualify what the category designation or rating means on any given project. Perhaps, there could be a category, accompanied by a field for where the person who built or assessed the project could leave notes as to what a11y quantitative or qualitative aspects of the project were tested or assessed, and how.

Perhaps just starting out with this annotate-able category filter that says that someone has looked at the project for accessibility could be a good starting place.

Here is the "Accessibility Ready" tag that WordPress.org uses in their theme directory, that Mel Choyce kindly pointed us to via twitter: https://wordpress.org/themes/tags/accessibility-ready/

I'd be happy to ask Mel more about any formal expectations associated with that tag, if there are any.

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I like that phrase "Accessibility Ready". Doesn't indicate that it meets WCAG, but that some work has been done on it.

Mixologic’s picture

Hey, another blog post with a lot of tools that might work:

https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2017/02/24/what-we-found-when-we-teste...

mgifford’s picture

It is an interesting race. Many of them aren't going to automate all that easily. Worth looking at these to for automated testing in Drupal:

Not sure how well some of the others would do.