Raman Mehta is a software accessibility testing engineer at QA InfoTech. He is a visually impaired person who has been working on bringing real user experience to the world of accessibility testing. Besides his testing responsibilities, Ramen occasionally presents organization-hosted webinars and technical workshops. Raman has ten years of professional experience of which the past four years has been in the space of accessibility. Besides software testing, he has keen interest in computer networks and hardware solutions.
Because accessibility is just starting to really gain awareness in the product development world, organizations are often not fully informed on what it takes to build accessible software—they just want to get there. Here’s a case study from a project that involved making a live product accessible.
Assistive tools are imperative in aiding the accessibility test effort for those with limited or no vision. There are several automation tools that can help validate a page per accessibility, but a screen reader lets a tester experience the real-time challenges faced by a visually impaired user.
With more organizations adding accessibility to their list of product requirements, development teams must decide where in the lifecycle to add accessibility testing. Raman Mehta is of the "test early, test often" mindset to avoid expensive fixes and unhappy end-users.