Accessibility Tools and Checkers

A brief list of the most popular and easy-to-use tools and checkers that can help make documents and websites more accessible.

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Accessibility Tools

  • Equidox Software is a PDF remediation software solution that uses Smart Detection Tools to convert inaccessible PDF documents into WCAG 2.0 AA-compliant accessible PDF, HTML, and ePUB2 content.
  • Accessibility Color Wheel– This is a tool that can help in choosing the colors to use on a web page. The text and background color of websites should be readable even to those who do not have perfect vision.
  • Colour Contrast Determinator– This tool is a color contrast analyzer that makes it easy to find with sufficient contrast. Simply type in color values or copy and paste a value from a style sheet, then use the sliders to adjust the color – full height on the slider means the color has sufficient contrast.

Accessibility Checkers

While there are a number of automated tools available to crawl through your website to quickly identify any inaccessible elements, even the most sophisticated automated tools can only catch 25-30% of document and website accessibility issues. It requires a human review to make sure that functional elements of the website actually make sense when read by a screen reader. However, automated tools can give you a starting point for accessibility, making sure many of the most common “behind the scenes” elements of accessible HTML are correct.

  • AChecker– An open-source website accessibility evaluation tool in which you can upload a URL or HTML file and choose standards against which to evaluate it.
  • WAVE– A tool available both online and as a Firefox plug-in that reports website accessibility violations by annotating a copy of the page and provides suggestions on how to fix them.
  • OzArt– An innovative document and website accessibility reporting tool that makes it easy to comprehensively report on, and maximize your website accessibility. OzART simplifies the task of making your site accessible according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG2) because it searches and reports defects in categories e.g. images, page titles, content, and headings.
  • Siteimprove Accessibility Checker– The Siteimprove Accessibility Checker is your tool to evaluate any web page for website accessibility issues at any given time. It provides intuitive, visual feedback about your content by highlighting detected issues right on the page. All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser, allowing secure evaluation of password-protected or non-public pages, multi-step forms, and dynamic content.
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