Thursday, 7 April 2011

Tools for assessing web accessibility

Kevin, a former H808 colleague, posted the following on accessibility today - very useful as next week on H807 we are investigating usability.

This post is also made automatically from my new account - a social bookmarking tool which I'm experimenting with as part of this week's web 2.0 tool investigations.
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Here are a few tools that should help anyone  who wants to make sure their website/intranet/ online learning content, is as accessible as possible;
  • The Accessibility colour wheel allows you to select foreground and background colours, simulates how they would look to those with different types of colour blindness.  If you select a colour combination that is good, in terms of accessibility, you will get a ‘good’ message appear on the screen.
  • WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.
  • The Fujitsu Web Accessibility Inspector is one of a number of tools that will validate a webpage according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) guidelines.  This can produce a detailed report which identifies a number of issues.  If you are using a system such as SharePoint, then it might highlight issues that you will not be able to easily change.

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