OATMEAL - Accessibility Testing for the Web
The Open Accessibility Testing Methods for Experts And Layfolk were created with two goals in mind.
- Ensure consistent accessibility testing across eBay
- Make detailed accessibility testing methods available to everyone; not just accessibility experts
Issues found via OATMEAL tests are given a Priority Level from P1 (most severe) to P4 (least severe).
- P1 and P2 issues MUST be fixed before release.
- Some P1 and P2 issues may be deprioritized if they are on a page element that isn't useful in completing a core task of a page.
- Ex. A checkout page has a "page feedback" mechanism that can't be activated by the keyboard.
- Issues found in automated tests and some failures to implement the eBay MIND Patterns don't always follow these prioritizations.
A barrier without a workaround that prevents users from completing a core task of a page.
A barrier with a non-obvious workaround that makes completion of a core task difficult.
A barrier without a workaround that prevents users from completing a non-core task of a page.
A barrier with a trivial workaround or a non-barrier that technically fails accessibility guidelines.
Since eBay strives for conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to Level AA, most OATMEAL methods will test to this standard.
Other Accessibility Checklists and Evaluation Resources