WCAG 2.1 web accessibility guidelines have landed

WCAG are an internationally established set of guidelines for ensuring that content on the internet is accessible. The guidelines are maintained by W3C, the main standards body for the internet.

Whilst the guidelines partly focus on people with various disabilities, they ultimately ensure that everybody has equal access to the online world, whether they have a permanent, temporary, situational or no disability.
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Learning success from the Beatles

Whatever your music taste, it’s hard to deny the success of the Beatles! They are still the best selling band in the world. In the UK, they have had more number one albums in the charts and have sold more singles than any other act. In the USA, where it was historically tough to “break into”, they are the best selling artists ever.

The Fab Four were popular for their unconventional music and very different musical styles, ranging from pop ballads to hard rock and from Indian music to psychedelia. They are credited by many as being the most influential band in history.

This success wasn’t by accident. It got me thinking about what they did to be successful, and what testers do to harness this.
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What can testers learn from geese?

Have you ever looked into the spring or autumn sky and seen geese or other birds flying together in a V-formation? Have you ever wondered why every flock of birds seem to instinctively use this shape? Me neither.

Before venturing into the testing world, I studied Computer Systems and Software Engineering at the University of York. If you don’t know the city of York, it is a beautiful city with very rich history. The university, however, surrounds the largest plastic-bottomed lake in Europe and is home to some of the most viscous geese known to mankind.
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Pushing accessibility even further with Chrome 65

Earlier this month, Google released an exciting update to its web browser — Chrome 65.

The release contained a number of updates and additions to the Chrome dev tools designed to help develop accessible content for partially-sighted and colour blind users.
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Using “Six Honest Serving Men” as a problem analysis tool

Rudyard Kipling was one of the best-loved poets of all time. His work was celebrated for its versatility and passion. He was the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and, to date, he remains its youngest recipient.

Despite being written over 100 years ago, Kipling’s short Six Honest Serving Men poem outlines a very powerful set of questions which can be applied as a problem analysis tool to many testing and non-testing scenarios.
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The beauty of meetups

Whatever your level of testing experience, meetups are a great way to learn more about testing, meet people with similar interests, build up your network and give something back to the testing community.

Not every field has a community, but I have found that the software development and testing communities are thriving. If you haven’t yet, I’d highly recommend getting involved in both the online and offline community.
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A warm welcome

Welcome to my new blog — Quality is King!

I’ve started this blog to share my testing musings with you. I’ll be blogging about all things testing and general technology, from testing techniques to accessible HTML.

I truly believe that quality is the most important value a business can hold, regardless of whether they are an eCommerce website or a car factory. Whilst testers can assess the quality level, we can do so much more to drive quality improvements throughout the process. I’ll be covering how I have done this in later blog posts.
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