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Web Accessibility


Web  Accessibility

Is your website information accessible?  Can everyone find your goods and services on the web? Are you fully benefiting from the power of the web? Is your website drawing people to your organization or driving them away?



Web Accessibility - Tools

Below are tools that can help organizations determine the accessibility and usability of their website. Included are tools to check the validity of (x)html code, CSS, and compliance with overall web accessibility guidelines. A more comprehensive list of Web accessibility evaluation tools is available from the Web Accessibility Initiative.

W3C - Markup Validation Service - checks the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc.

W3C - CSS Validation Service- Check Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and (X)HTML documents with style sheets

W3C's unified Validator- Help improve the quality of your web pages.

WAVE (version 3) - WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid 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.

Total Validator- Is a free one-stop all-in-one validator comprising a HTML validator, an accessibility validator, a spelling validator, a broken links validator, and the ability to take screenshots with different browsers to see what your web pages really look like.

AChecker - is an open source Web accessibility evaluation tool. It can be used to review the accessibility of Web pages to ensure conformance with a range of international accessibility standards and to ensure the content can be accessed by everyone.

ColorSelector (version 5.1) - ColorSelector by Fujitsu Limited can evaluate whether the selected color combinations between text and background are easily viewed by people with cataracts or color blindness. It can display the most appropriate combination. It assists in the creation of visual contents with a high level of accessibility. This software was awarded the universal design award 08.

Colorpix- useful little color picker that grabs the pixel under your mouse and transforms it into a number of different color formats.

Colour Contrast Analyser (version 1.0) - A tool for checking foreground & background colour combinations to determine if they provide good colour visibility. It also contains functionality to create simulations of certain visual conditions such as colour blindness.


Understanding Web Accessibility

W3C - Accessibility- Provides a wide range of resources on different aspects of web accessibility standards, education, implementation, and policy.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, and will make your Web content more usable to users in general.

Overview- The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities and more usable by all your sites visitors.

Introduction to Web Accessibility – This article help you understand how people with disabilities use the web, common access problems, and what you can do to make your sites more accessible.

Making your website more accessible – Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, all private and non-profit organizations with 50 or more employees and all public sector organizations will need to make their websites accessible. This guide produced by the Government of Ontario can help you understand web accessibility and how to create a more accessible website.Making Your Website More Accessible-download pdf