Tools for Checking Your Website: A First Review of Web Accessibility
A first step in complying with ADA Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 guidelines for web accessibility is to determine if the content on your website is accessible to all users. The following 508 Compliance Web/Browser Testing Tools are helpful in identifying existing accessibility issues that may need to be addressed:
Accessibility Compliance Testing Tools:
- Pa11y: Automated accessibility tool for each page of your website
- Pa11y Crawl: Crawls each page of your website using the pa11y tool
Resources and Guidelines for Getting Started with Web Accessibility
The following links provide additional resources and further reading from trusted authorities in web accessibility:
- Accessibility Basics: start here for a quick overview of web accessibility, why it is important, and tips for getting started.
- WCAG Guidelines: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world. The WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities.
- W3.org Easy Checks: this resource covers just a few accessibility issues and are designed to be quick and easy, rather than definitive. A web page could seem to pass these checks, yet still have significant accessibility barriers. More robust assessment is needed to evaluate accessibility comprehensively.
- Tota11y Accessibility Visualization Toolkit: Often times, accessibility errors are things we can't easily see. The Tota11y visualization tool is a browser extension that provides a quick way to visualize the accessibility violations that may exist on your website. Tota11y can be installed on both Firefox and Chrome.
- Incorporating Accessibility into your Development Workflow: Promet's CPACC certified developer, Katherine Shaw, developed this resource for developers looking to get started with web accessibility. She highlights several common errors, how to fix them, and provides resources for incorporating accessibility best practices into your web development projects.
- Creating Accessible Audio and Video Content: This resource from University of Wisconsin provides resources for adding captions to videos on your website or YouTube, along with transcripts for audio recordings.
Accessibility Video Series: Developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this serious contains the following introduction to screen readers:
Keep in mind that these resources are merely a starting point for evaluating your website. If you would like assistance in auditing your website or have additional questions, please contact us.