About Evaluation Tools
One of the goals of the ITaccess Initiative is to enable web staff to do self-evaluation and assessment of their web sites. Here is a list of tools that will help you accomplish this goal.
The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 2.0 provides accessibility information on an entire website for WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria. FAE 2.0 provides both website summary and page level detail on the accessibility requirements that applied to the pages with in a website. FAE 2.0 uses the same open source OpenAjax Evaluation Library, Rules and Rulesets as AInspector Sidebar. FAE 2.0 and AInspector Sidebar are designed to complement themselves. FAE 2.0 provide a overview of accessibility of a website that can be used in design, planning and quality assurance for project management and AInspector Sidebar provides detailed information and inspection capability of a particular page.
Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (InCommon authentication using campus credentials. This version used by U of I or other institutions who use a NetID or Shibbolith system.)
Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (self-registration version)
AInspector Sidebar for the Firefox browser supports the evaluation of web pages for the accessibility features required by the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria. The tool provides both summary information and detailed information on the accessibility requirements that apply to a web page (e.g. WCAG 2.0 requirement filtering). Users can highlight and inspect element information on the page associated for each requirement. Each result has information on the requirement, techniques that can be used to implement the requirement and links to more information. AInspector Sidebar uses the open source OpenAjax Evaluation Library, Rules and Rulesets.
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Bookmarklets can be added to any browser to provide visualizations of specific accessibility information that can helps people understand the functional accessibility of a web page by making hidden accessibility information visible to sighted web developers. Current Bookmarklets include:
- ARIA Landmarks
- Headings (H1-H6)
- Firebug (add-on for Firefox) adds a small icon in the lower right corner of your browser window. Firebug is an excellent tool for debugging your page, allowing you to check HTML markup, scripting and CSS and to interactively change those items and see how they affect the page.
- Web Developer (add-on for Firefox) gives you access to multiple tools that allow you to reveal table boundaries, CSS divs and spans, and much more.
- WAT - Web Accessibility Toolbar (add-ons available for Opera and IE) "identifies components of a web page, provides access to alternate views of page content and facilitates the use of 3rd party online applications." (Paciello Group website)
- Web Accessibility Quick Test Checklist is provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services, which oversees the Web Implementation Guidelines for IITAA compliance.
- W3C Markup Validation Service ensures the validity of your HTML markup with respect to its DOCTYPE declaration (e.g. HTML 4.01, XHTML, MathML, etc.)