Usability/Accessibility Checklists

25 Oct 2005 - 6:57am
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Johan Sjostrand
2005

Hello.

I am doing some research to see if it is possible to write
usability/accessibility checklists split up on all the layers in a web
project: Design (layout, typography, colors), frontend coding(semantics,
standards), backend considerations (web friendly urls etc),
content(writing strategies), etc.

Each and one of the checkpoints for each list will then be split up in
importance, what is recommended, what would require extra time, when in
the project it should be implemented (try to implement userfriendly urls
a week after launch), aswell as references to section 508 and WCAG etc.

The client would easily be able to fill it out (even if not experienced)
and then the checklists could be handed over to the Interaction Desinger
(me) so I can implement the requests in my wireframes. Then the
checklists would be handed over to the one responsible for a "layer".
The designer would need to follow the checklists for design, the
frontendcoder would need to fulful his checklist and so on.

I'm tired of seeing usability/accessibility as an afterthought that
requires more money and more time.

It is worth noted that I do not work for a company where this is seen as
a focus but I'm trying to implement usability/accessibility strategies.

These methods might already be out there and I would love to hear your
reactions and tips.

Best
Johan Sjostrand

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25 Oct 2005 - 8:46am
Todd Warfel
2003

On Oct 25, 2005, at 7:57 AM, Johan Sjostrand wrote:

> Each and one of the checkpoints for each list will then be split up in
> importance, what is recommended, what would require extra time,
> when in
> the project it should be implemented (try to implement userfriendly
> urls
> a week after launch), aswell as references to section 508 and WCAG
> etc.

We have something like this. We call it our 134pt Heuristic
Checklist. But it's to be used by a trained evaluator as there are
some guidelines to a pass/fail grade and how severe it is (1-3).

> The client would easily be able to fill it out (even if not
> experienced)
> and then the checklists could be handed over to the Interaction
> Desinger
> (me) so I can implement the requests in my wireframes[...]

This sounds a bit dangerous. First of all, the client has hired you
to evaluate, or someone, hopefully. They typically don't have the
background knowledge to do something like this, nor would I trust
their scoring of the items. They're going to think of it from a
marketing perspective, not a usability perspective, unless they have
a usability background/education.

Cheers!

Todd R. Warfel
Partner, Design & Usability Specialist
Messagefirst | making products & services easier to use
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25 Oct 2005 - 9:53am
Johan Sjostrand
2005

>> The client would easily be able to fill it out (even if not experienced)
>>
>> and then the checklists could be handed over to the Interaction Desinger
>>
>> (me) so I can implement the requests in my wireframes[...]
>>
>
> This sounds a bit dangerous. First of all, the client has hired you to
> evaluate, or someone, hopefully. They typically don't have the
> background knowledge to do something like this, nor would I trust
> their scoring of the items. They're going to think of it from a
> marketing perspective, not a usability perspective, unless they have a
> usability background/education.

It would be on a need-to-know basis. It would be far to extensive to
list all known usability/accessibility issues.
Thanks for your input!

Best
Johan

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