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Web Accessibility Tutorial
 

Free Tools

Need Help Checking Your Pages?

There are a variety of free tools that have been designed to help check the accessibility of Web pages. Please take a look at all of them and decide for yourself which one(s) you like best! For example, you may like using the Web Accessibility toolbar for a quick check and an online tool for more detailed information like I do!


WAVE 3.0

WebAIM has of course created a free online checker tool and it is called Wave 3.0. I like some of the other checkers better, but give it a try. Also be sure to check out the Wave Toolbar. It is available for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Netscape! http://www.wave.webaim.org/index.jsp


Web Accessibility Toolbar by AIS (highly recommended)

Vision Australia Unlimited's Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team has also developed a FREE Web Accessibility Toolbar for Microsoft Internet Explorer. This tool is very easy to install and use! http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/ais/toolbar/

Web Accessibility Toolbar screen shot


WebXACT

WebXACT by Watchfire used to be called Bobby, a web accessibility checker tool "standard." It has changed quite a bit since it was called Bobby, and for the better! Definitely give it a try! http://webxact.watchfire.com/


Cynthia Says

Cynthia Says was created by HiSoftware and is a good tool if you like your analysis laid out in a table format. http://www.cynthiasays.com/



Assignment: Give one of the above web accessibility checkers a try! Select U.S. Section 508 Guidelines if given the choice of which accessibility guidelines to use.

Check the following sites:

  1. Los Rios Community College District: http://www.losrios.edu/
  2. USA TODAY: http://www.usatoday.com
  3. Your Web site or a Web site you visit frequently

How accessible are these Web sites? Are you surprised at the results?


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Updated 07/06/2006
Sacramento City College