Web Accessibility Tools

Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive listing of accessibility tools. Inclusion or mention of any software in this presentation does not constitute an endorsement by either the federal government or the presenter. Software referenced in this presentation is simply a sampling of available low cost (less than $100) testing and evaluation or repair tools for web content developers. Compiled by Ron Jones.


Browsers / browser simulations
Opera web browser - free
http://www.opera.com

Lynx text only browser - free
http://lynx.browser.org/

Lynx on-line viewer - free
http://www.delorie.com/web/lynxview.html



Screen Readers - Windows
JAWS - free demo available
http://www.freedomscientific.com/

Window Eyes - free demo available
http://www.gwmicro.com/

HAL - free demo available
http://www.dolphinuk.co.uk

 

Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT), Braille translation software
free demo available
http://www.duxburysystems.com/

Colorblindness
Vischeck online simulation of color deficiency (Checks individual images and web pages) - free
http://www.vischeck.com/

Windows, Macintosh OS, and Linux

VischeckJ and ImageJ (free)
http://rsb.info.nih.gov/ij/download.html



On-Line Tools

The WAVE - free
http://www.temple.edu/inst_disabilities/piat/wave/



Applications

A-Prompt Toolkit - Free
Windows 95/98/NT/2000
http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/

HTML Tidy - free
Fixes HTML-tagging mistakes automatically, also works on hard-to-read markup generated by specialized HTML editors and conversion tools, and can help you identify where you need to pay further attention on making your pages more accessible to people with disabilities.
http://tidy.sourceforge.net/

HTML Kit - free
text editor designed to help HTML, XML and script authors to edit, format, validate, preview and publish Web pages. Includes syntax highlighting for HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XSLT, JavaScript, VBScript, PHP, ASP, Java, Perl, Python, C/C++, Visual Basic, Pascal/Delphi, Lisp, SQL, INI/Conf, and more
http://www.chami.com/html-kit/



PowerPoint

On-line info on making PowerPoint presentations web accessible
http://www.webaim.org/howto/powerpoint





Accessibility Bookmarklets - free

- "Grayscale the Page" - removes colors from the page so you can see what the page will look like to a color-blind person.

- "Kill Style Sheets" - removes style sheets from the page. Accessibility guidelines require that the page still be readable without style sheets.

- "IMGs without ALTs" - displays the addresses of the images on the page that have empty ALT (alternative) text. Lack of equivalent descriptive text for an image is one of the most common impediment to accessibility.