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ACT: Towards Consistent Accessibility Conformance Testing

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 2:20 PM PDT  
Grand GH  

W3C WAI’s Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) provides a framework for accessibility evaluators to achieve more harmonized accessibility test results.
This talk will describe why more harmonized accessibility test results can help:

  • creators to assess the accessibility of their content against standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) or Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA)
  • tool and methodology developers to proof that their test procedures are robust and reliable
  • users of accessibility test tools and methodologies to make sure that tools consistently interpret existing accessibility standards

This presentation will:

  • introduce the ACT ruleset as well as the ACT Rules Format
  • explain the different sections contained in the rules, with special attention to the passed, failed, and inapplicable examples contained in each rule
  • discuss how implementers can use these examples as test cases to determine the outcome each test case would produce
  • explain how closer alignment of the tool outcomes and the ACT Rules examples determines how consistent that tool is with ACT
  • refer to examples on the WAI website to illustrate how different implementers have incorporated ACT Rules into their test procedures
  • discuss proposed updates to the rules format
  • dive into how you can submit your own implementation to ACT for publication on the WAI website
  • relate to similar accessibility testing efforts

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  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • Government
  • Research & Development
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Session Summary (Abstract)
This presentation will cover how ACT Rules can contribute to more consistent accessibility testing. It will explain the different parts of the ACT Rules framework, including the ACT Rules format, ruleset, and implementation reports.  
Primary Topic
Evaluation & Remediation  
Secondary Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Engineering
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
Session Type
General Track  


  • Jean-Yves Moyen
  • Kathy Eng
    U.S. Access Board

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