Today wrapped up my research for the week about integrating accessibility into a product’s life cycle. I ended with reviewing what a product’s life cycle looks like, and how everyone can play a role during each phase to ensure accessibility is considered throughout development, rather than an afterthought.
Things I accomplished
- Read Usability in the Product Development Life Cycle (CSU).
- Browsed through Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility through Design.
What I learned today
Stages of a product’s lifecycle with accessibility questions to ask at each stage:
- concept: does it solve a problem for people with disabilities? what are the different user needs?
- requirements: what accessibility standards/laws does it need to follow?
- design: do the mockups create any barriers?
- prototyping: does the prototype create any perceivable, operable, or understandable errors?
- development: is the code following standards? are appropriate patterns being used?
- quality assurance (QA): are automated and manual accessibility checks being run?
- user acceptance testing (UAT): does this product work for real users with disabilities?
- regression testing: when updates are made, are checks still passing?