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Lesson 7. Accessibility and Testing

Lesson 7. Accessibility and Testing

Up to this point in the lessons, you have tested Web pages by previewing them in the browser as you completed each exercise. As you built individual pages or sections, you had a chance to see how those pages looked and make modifications as needed. Before making a site available to the public or to your intended audience, however, you should go further and test your entire site. Take the extra time to be sure you've worked out all the potential problems. If you have access to a testing server, it's a good idea to load the site onto that server and access the pages from all computer types and from as many versions of browsers as you can find. Test the pages under real user conditions. If you think a majority of your users will be using a dial-up modem, make sure you use a dial-up modem to test the speed at which the pages load. If you are the primary Web developer, have others test your pages. Watch how other people try to navigate your site. Make sure to test every link and fix any broken ones.

In this project, you will use Dreamweaver to test Web pages for accessibility. You will also test the links in your project site and use reports to determine how your site is functioning and what browsers, if any, may have problems accessing your site.

Remember that users probably don't think like you do—try to prepare for the unexpected as you check the entire site. Analyze what possible paths a visitor might take. Make a list of potential tasks your viewers might perform (searching for and buying an item, looking for contact information, etc.), and go step by step through what those visitors will need to do in order to complete the task.

Ideally you should not begin the testing process when the Web site is finished—by starting the testing process early and incorporating it as a part of the production process, you can catch problems quickly and deal with them. If you wait until the end, after you've put hours of work into your site, it is possible that you might catch an error that will require many hours of time to fix throughout the site. If you can discover such problems early on, you will be able to address them and save yourself and your Web team a great deal of time.

On any site, large or small, the task of thorough testing can be daunting. You've worked hard on the content and the design, but if users get frustrated because of broken links, pages that don't work in their browsers, or pages that are large and very slow to load, you've lost them. In this lesson, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver in your testing process by running reports on your site to find out if the pages are compatible with certain browsers. You'll also learn how to check links throughout the site and test for accessibility.


In this lesson, you will:

  • Test your site for browser compatibility

  • Test the links in your site

  • Create site reports


This lesson should take about one half hour to complete.


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