Quick Tip: Basic Screen Reader Testing

Words "access" on a computer keyboard

Using a screen reader can be a bit daunting, but it does not need to be overly difficult. The WebAIM site has articles for getting started with testing using JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver. With just a few keyboard commands you can easily listen to your web page to identify issues such as missing or incorrect alternative text, improperly labeled form controls, and misaligned reading order. You can then perform basic navigation (typically the Tab key on the keyboard) to navigate the page. Then try navigating structural elements on the page, such as headings and regions. If you have an iOS device, you can typically triple click the Home button to start VoiceOver, then do a two-finger downward swipe in Safari to listen to the page. This basic testing can often help you identify potential accessibility issues.

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