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.