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Improving Accessible Quality Through Automated Tools and DevOps Practices

taught by: Thomas Brunet

co-presented by: Charu Pandhi

Session Summary:

Participants will learn how to use IBM’s automated tools to identify accessibility issues in rich internet applications. They will learn how to write some basic test procedures using Cucumber and Selenium with Node. We will then show how these skills can be utilized in larger development environments.


Software development processes have changed. While the promise of composable services is becoming a reality through platform as a service (PaaS), the stakes are high for thorough testing and maintaining high quality of service in an environment with rapid change. Developers have made tremendous strides in automation and tooling to reduce the brute force effort and resources that are needed for traditional, manual testing. Those new methods and techniques must be applied to accessibility testing as well. If DevOps teams include automation into the process from the beginning, they can identify and quickly fix accessibility-related issues, and ultimately save costs.

While automated testing isn’t an afterthought, accessibility automation can be. IBM is committed to accessibility and maintains a variety of testing tools to support IBM and IBM’s customers. These tools are used to scan millions of pages of content per month.

We will lead a session to teach participants how to use two of these tools, and demonstrate how these tools can be used in the context of continuous integration environments.

Practical Skills:

Learn how to perform automated testing of content and integrate that testing into your build processes