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Section 508 - Test Plan
I have been looking at Section 508 requirements that need to be reviewed for a web site to be considered compliant. I have been charged with putting together a test plan for my company's web based product.
Has anyone created a QA plan or QA plan template that they would be willing to share? I am looking for one for two reasons.
1) See if there are items that I missed in my QA plan
2) To see what elements are considered to be important for 508 from other companies' perspective.
Re: Section 508 - Test Plan
The main thing to realize is that the strict Section 508 mainly applies to Federal agencies, at least in terms of full legal compliance. Beyond that, however, I applaud any efforts to adhere to it, as I think it is something that should be done.
Check out the accessibility page at the Usability.gov site. Specifically, look under the section "Evaluating Your Site and Making it Accessible". That will give you some ideas of what to include in a test plan. (Check the specific link on the checklist.)
Also remember that Section 508 largely follows many of the guidelines in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that have been part of the W3C. You can also see links for these under the "W3C Standards and Guidelines" section. Following those standards will give you some idea of what to put in a test plan and, more importantly, what to test case in terms of accessibility checks.
Personally, I tend to break up test plans so that I have one master test plan that refers to others. With that, I have a Usability and Accessibility test plan that specifically delineates what I will do in regard to both aspects.