Accessibility as a Service

Mortise Test Per Week: Automatic timeouts can be extended, except where caveats apply.

TIMEOUTS-02: Automatic timeouts can be extended, except where caveats apply.

How to test

  • Identify instances of timeouts which occur automatically or due to user inactivity, and confirm that the user has a means of turning off, adjusting or extending the timeouts.

Exceptions

  • Where non-extendable timeouts are required (e.g. realtime auctions and some online games).
  • Where extending the time limit would invalidate the activity (e.g. an exam).
  • Where incomplete user data is preserved for at least 20 hours.

How to fix

Consider removing any time limits on the input of user data. Otherwise, provide an explicit means of turning off, adjusting or extending the time limit.

Related Standard: 2.2.1 A

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Mortise Test Per Week: Notification content does not disappear automatically.

TIMEOUTS-05: Notification content does not disappear automatically.

How to test

  • Identify instances of notification content (e.g. toast banners), and confirm that they do not disappear automatically.
  • Exceptions

    • The user has the ability to turn of the auto-disappearing behaviour.
    • The notifications are part of a real-time event or are essential to the activity.

    How to fix

    Consider removing any time limits on notification content, and have it permanently displayed with a manual close button. Otherwise, provide a means for users to turn off the auto-disappearing behaviour.

    Related Standard: 2.2.1 A

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    Mortise Test Per Week: Ensure that data table structure is appropriate for the data being included.

    TABLES-06: Ensure that data table structure is appropriate for the data being included.

    How to test

    Use devtools to examine the structure of any data tables, and assess whether the structure is appropriate for the included data.

    How to fix

    Ensure that the structure of the data is appropriate to the way the table is marked-up. This may require analysing the data and trying several alternatives to determine the most logical and comprehensible way of structuring the data.

    Related Standard: 1.3.1 A

    This is one in a series of posts highlighting one of more than 270 accessibility tests in Mortise.io. Come back next week for more!

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