Building a Better Web
June 19–20, 2017: Training
June 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Automating peace of mind with accessibility testing and CI

Marcy Sutton (Deque Systems)
3:35pm–4:15pm Thursday, June 22, 2017
Frontend Tools
Location: 210 AE
Secondary topics:  Accessibility, Automation, JavaScript/ES6
Average rating: ****.
(4.43, 7 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Engineering managers, developers, and QA engineers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of software testing (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to build accessibility into your workflow


Accessibility test coverage and continuous integration go hand in hand. Automated tests can catch roughly 30–50% of accessibility issues with minimal effort, depending on the rule set. Running tests automatically with a CI server can also programmatically prevent accessibility regressions from making it to production—a huge benefit for high-risk deployments and large teams.

Marcy Sutton discusses open source web development tools and testing practices that can help your team develop a pragmatic and sustainable approach to software, benefiting many people with disabilities. From creating accessible UIs and writing integration tests to automating with Jenkins or Travis, there are many opportunities to write resilient software. Marcy shares practical tips for integrating accessibility into your workflow and the gotchas she learned from getting into CI, hopefully saving you some time while illustrating that you can write code that works for everyone.

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Marcy Sutton

Deque Systems

Marcy Sutton works on the axe-core team developing web accessibility tools at Deque Systems, a company focused on digital equality. In 2016, Marcy was the recipient of an O’Reilly Web Platform Award for her work in accessibility. She loves co-leading the Accessibility Seattle meetup and a coding club for Girl Develop It Bellingham. When away from the keyboard, Marcy can be found hiking with her dog, riding a bicycle, or snowboarding.

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