Accessibility evaluation tools are a handy resource for anyone who wants to ensure that the site they are developing meets established accessibility standards.
It is very important to keep in mind that no evaluation tool has been developed that can completely replace human testing.
Information and resources
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (choose Level AA Success Criteria)
- Council of Ontario Universities Toolkit (for Section 14)
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
- Library Accessibility Services: AODA Toolkit
- UX Foundations: Accessibility with Derek Featherstone (Lynda.com)
- Introduction to Web Accessibility (Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education)
Browser accessibility functions
Use the browser’s accessibility functions (e.g. text size, zoom, no page style, navigating with the keyboard) to determine whether or not the site responds as expected to those functions.
Add-ons and toolbars
Extend the capability of Chrome/Firefox to help you easily find accessibility issues.
Single page and document evaluation tools.
- WebAIM WAVE: single page checker (we recommend the WAVE Toolbar).
- AChecker: single page checker
- PDF-Accessibility-Checker (PAC): test the accessibility of PDF files
Web accessibility tip: Caption videos in YouTube and Vimeo
- YouTube - University of Waterloo
- to edit YouTube captions on the University of Waterloo channel you need to have admin access or send a transcript with the video to the Communications Coordinator/Community Engagement.
- Edit YouTube captions (YouTube help site)
- Rev.com - transcription, captions, and translation services
Web accessibility tip: Create HTML web pages rather than documents
- Creating accessible PDF's (WebAIM site)
- Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office (LinkedIn.com)
- Create accessible PDFs - Office Support (Microsoft site)
- Accessible Digital Office Document (ADOD) Project
Writing for the web
- Microsoft readability test
- Readability Index Calculator
- Accessibility for Web writers from 4Syllables
- Why Your Links Should Never Say “Click Here”
- WCAG Contrast checker: Firefox extension checks colour contrast
- Colbis Colour Blindness Simulator
- Snook.ca Colour Contrast Check Tool
- Fangs Screen Reader Emulator Firefox extension screen reader simulator generates text similar to what would be read by a screen reader, allowing a sighted user to better understand the experience that a screen reader user would have.
- NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA): an open-source screen reader for Windows. Widely used in the visually-imparied community. Excellent for testing.