Tools for Testing Web Accessibility
All tools listed on this page may be installed and used on PC and Mac systems, unless otherwise noted.
Web Browser Tools for Testing Accessibility
Install the following tools to test your web pages for Web accessibility. These tools will help you to see whether your Web site is accessible or not by simulation.
- Internet Explorer (PC Only)
- Web Accessibility Toolbar - Accessibility toolbar for Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox (PC and Mac)
- Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar - Web Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox
- Color Contrast Analyzer for Firefox - Color contrast analyser for Firefox (PC and Mac)
- Fangs - Text-reader emulator for Firefox (PC and Mac)
Web Sites for Testing Accessibility
The following Web sites can test your web pages for accessibility without having to install anything.
- Colour Contrast Check - Web page for testing foreground and background color choices
- W3C HTML Validator - Validates your HTML coding
- W3C Link Checker - Checks to see if there are any broken links
- W3C CSS Validator - Validates your Cascading Style Sheet code
- Cynthia Says Portal - Online Web accessibility validator
Testing with HiSoftware AccVerify (PC Only)
AccVerify is a desktop application that allows users to test their web site content for quality, accessibility, and usability. AccVerify is free to all CSU faculty, staff, and students. A handout has been provided on the Guides section below to help users get started. AccVerify can only be installed on PC computers running Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
Guides for AccVerify
The Manual Evaluation Check (PC and Mac)
This manual procedure is designed to compliment automated evaluation tools for website accessibility, emphasizing areas that can only be evaluated realistically by human judgment. Additional guides have been provided below to help users with the manual check process.
Tools Needed for Manual Evaluation Check
- Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar - Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar for Firefox
- Accessibility Extension - Firefox extension from Illinois
- Color Contrast Analyzer for Firefox - Color contrast analyser for Firefox
- lowvis.css - Alternative style sheet for low vision users
Guides for Manual Evaluation Check
Links go to an external page.