Tools to test Web pages
The first step in creating an accessible Web page is to ensure there are no errors on it. These tools will check for HTML and CSS errors and some accessibility errors.
- General Conformance Check on Unicorn – W3C’s Unified Validator
- Ruleset HTML 5 and ARIA techniques on Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) or the Firefox AInspector plugin. FAE has the advantage that it can evaluate multiple pages; AInspector has the advantage that it can check the page as it changes from user interaction, and shows detail.
- Accessibility Bookmarklets outline landmarks, headings, lists, images, and forms
- W3C’s Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility shows how evaluate whether a page has at least minimal accessibility
- Caption videos by following instructions as Captioning at UIC
- W3C Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List.
- W3C Developer Tools includes many useful tools, including a link checker and mobile-friendly checker.
- WebAIM’s WAVE Web Accessibility Tool
- Penn State’s Website Accessibility page has much information and recommendations for making a website accessible
- screen readers (useful to experience web pages as blind users do)
If you need help in evaluating your website for its accessibility you can contact the Digital Accessibility Committee for assistance.