Persona Based Accessibility Testing

Towards User-Centered Accessibility Evaluation
  • Alexander Henka
  • Gottfried Zimmermann
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 435)


Web authors have a hard time understanding and applying accessibility guidelines. The guidelines are considered too technical, without providing sufficient support for problem solving. This results in bad usability of Web applications for people who rely on accessibility. In the field of designing Web applications and interfaces, the concept of personas, as a representation of the target audience, is well established. Personas are typically used to describe the user on a personal level, with their needs, preferences and habits. In this poster, we illustrate a new workflow approach for accessibility evaluations. We propose persona-based representations of accessibility guidelines for acceptance tests of Web applications, for web authors to gain understanding on the needs of people with disabilities and thus improve the accessibility of Web applications.


human computer interaction accessibility personas acceptance test web accessibility guidelines automatic testing user-centered accessibility evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Henka
    • 1
  • Gottfried Zimmermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Stuttgart Media UniversityStuttgartGermany

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