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.