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Category Vision - Accessibility Testing

Accessibility Testing

Beyond being a compliance requirement in many cases, accessibility testing is the right thing to do for your users. Accessibility testing is similar to UAT or Usability (which we track at gitlab-org#490), but we see accessibility as a primary concern of its own.

What's Next & Why

Up next is gitlab-ce#54806 (accessibility testing for review apps MVC) which establishes our footing in the accessibility testing space. This will enable us to start offering out-of-the-box accessibility testing via artifacts, and provide a foundation for us to build more features on top of such as making the accessibility results embedded in the MR widget or provide more detailed CI views for accessibility testing.

Competitive Landscape

Competitors in this space are not providing first-party accessibility testing platforms, but do integrate with pa11y or other tools to generate results via the CI/CD pipeline. Implementing gitlab-ce#54806 (accessibility testing for review apps MVC) will help us meet (or in many cases exceed) competitor capability be embedding it into our review apps, a natural home for them.

Analyst Landscape

We do not engage with analysts for acceptance testing market analysis.

Top Customer Success/Sales Issue(s)

There are no top CS/Sales issues for this category yet.

Top Customer Issue(s)

There are no top customer issues for this category yet.

Top Internal Customer Issue(s)

Internal customers are working on a VPAT (voluntary assessment) at gitlab-ce#39662 which will help us answer regulatory questions in certain cases. Additional research is needed to determine if gitlab-ce#54806 will help us in those cases; I believe it will but that must be confirmed.

A related Epic is the GitLab accessibility epic that contains items about making GitLab itself more accessible: gitlab-org#567. Loveable for this category is defined as being able to use GitLab to detect all of those issues in an automated way and see that they are addressed when fixed.

Top Vision Item(s)

Similar to other sections where this issue is repeated, gitlab-ce#54806 will establish our presence with out-of-the-box accessibility testing.