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Project workflow

Build accessibility into your project workflow rather than retrofitting it at the end.

Steps to take

  • Encourage the team to account for accessibility when creating and estimating stories.
  • Add accessibility as an acceptance criteria or definition of done for each story or new feature.
  • Add accessibility testing into each development sprint or QA check.
  • Work with your front end developers to choose an automated testing plan.
    • Including automated accessibility testing throughout the development process can help quickly catch many accessibility errors, but can’t guarantee that your site is accessible. Always combine automated testing with ongoing manual testing.
  • When a new accessibility issue arises that you may have missed, prioritize those issues appropriately against other development concerns:
    • Consider whether the error is critical, less critical, or minor.
      • Critical issues will cause serious problems and/or stop most users of assistive technology from using the site.
      • Less critical issues may cause problems or increased frustration for certain users.
      • Minor issues will cause problems or frustration for a small number of users.
    • Consider prioritizing the issue if it appears on high-touch pages, critical user paths, or site-wide templates.

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Contact: Questions or comments? Please file a GitHub issue or email g-accessibility@gsa.gov.