Usage of Various Accessibility Testing Tools

Posted by D2i Team on June 06, 2022

Now, web applications are becoming an important part of everyone’s life routine. From the banking sector to e-commerce, different information technology tools are mostly used by all includes people with disabilities.

For ensuring whether your web application is accessible by all users, web accessibility is the vital part to perform. There are various rules and guidelines that we need to follow like Section 508 compliance is one of famous accessibility standards defined by the US Government for making all websites accessible to physically abled people. WCAG is another one standard defines accessibility standard for people and all the enterprises all over the world. Both WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0 standard included in this.

Manual Accessibility Testing

This testing will be done on various browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox and many more. Here are some manual tests that can be performed by using W3C HTML Validator.

Valid HTML Headings Large Fonts High Contrast Alternate Text
Captions and Transcripts Skip Navigation Tab Order and Link Tests Label Forms Keyboard Operations
PDF Documents PDF Forms Disable Styles Scaling of Content Linear Tables

Job Access with Speech (JAWS) accessibility testing using screen readers will allows users with visual impairments for screen reading properly with mainly focus on the navigations, dynamic content and forms. There are some prerequisites that are needed to run Jaws.

Many free tools are also available for accessibility testing. These are:

  • Accessibility Checker
  • Accessibility Valet
  • WAVE
  • Web Accessibility Toolbar (For Internet Explorer)
  • Color Contrast Analyzer
  • EvalAccess 2.0

Some are other tools like FAE, AccessColor, Firefox Accessibility Extension, TAW Online and PDF Accessibility Checker and many more are available. Also, you can rely on some professionals of accessibility testing company for doing this tasks for you.

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