Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Accessible Websites & Web Apps
Learn the best practices of creating accessible websites and applications
Testing for Accessibility
- Build web accessibility testing early in to your development process and ongoing maintainence.
- Become familiar with implementing the standards:
- Testing Web Content for Accessibility - overview of methods in testing
- Test with automated web accessibility toolbars to catch some of the errors. This will typically catch anywhere from 10-30% of the errors, sometimes more. Ensure you get "Errors" down to zero and review alerts as well.
- WebAIM Wave Toolbar - Chrome (contrast checking option included) help documentation
- WebAIM Wave Toolbar - Firefox
- Siteimprove Accessiblity Checker for Chrome, help documentation
- Need an Internet Explorer accessibility checker? Check out Web Accessibility Toolbar for IE
- There are others, so feel free to explore
- Want an online accessibility checker? Try WebAIM WAVE
- Manually navigate your pages and forms without a mouse, using only your keyboard. Lose The Mouse Challenge
- Most automated tools can catch color contrast issues but a manual review of the results is usually needed to confirm no false positives, testing has to pass WCAG level A/AA (not AAA).
Use different approaches for evaluating websites for accessibility. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Accessibility Evaluation Resources
Use a disability simulator that helps designers ensure that their content and applications are accessible and usable by the visually impaired. aDesigner is a tool that web authors can use to ensure that the webpages they create are accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. aDesigner disablity simulator
The Paciello Group offers resources for testing an inclusive design groups. The Paciello Group
- JAWSInspect - This is a fee based checker to simplify testing for screenreader accessibility, without using a screen reader.
Learn about mobile device accessibility guidelines. Mobile/App Accessibility
- Gain the user's perspective on typical design issues. WebAIM
Testing web sites and applications using assistive technologies offers you a lot of benefits. You get to learn some of the tools that people with disabilities use to navigate technology, which is incredibly informative. You also get better insight into the true, functional accessibility of the site or application.
- How to check a website for accessibility with Jaws
- Accessibiility testing with the free NVDA Screenreader
Visit our Users & Technology page to learn more about assistive technology.
Want a demonstration of what IS and is NOT an accessible web page?
Here are websites that show the differences, both in presentation and in structure, between accessible and inaccessible web pages. Use these to practice your website accessibility testing and experiment with different AT devices.
Have a resource for ICT Accessibility to share with us? Email your resource to email@example.com