The IT Accessibility team has been hard at work providing presentations around the campus to faculty, staff and students centered around web accessibility. The goal of these presentations are to introduce the need and importance of web accessibility around the campus, introduce the team as the resource for establishing accessibility, plus introduce some of the free website accessibility validation tools available for everyone.
A simple way to quickly test your site for accessibility is to try the No Mouse Challenge. Using only your keyboard, can you access all features, operate all buttons, sliders, and other controls and easily tell where you are on the page?
Use these plug-ins to check your overall website accessibility:
- Siteimprove Extension
- Wave Extension - Firefox, Edge, and Chrome
- aXe Extension by Deque - Firefox and Chrome
- Lighthouse Extension - Chrome
- AInspector - Firefox
- The Accessibility Tab - Firefox
- Accessibility Insights for Web - Chrome and Edge
- Experte.com Accessibility Checker
- WebAIM Color Contrast Checker - quickly check the color contrast ratio through the use of this tool.
- Sa11y - open-source accessibility checker geared towards content authors.
Request access to DubBot
Want to try your site with a screen reader? Free Screen reader options include:
- NVDA - open source screen reader (download)
- VoiceOver - for iOS devices (built-in)
- Narrator - screen reader for Windows (built-in)
Make sure you view Deque University's Screen Reader Keyboard Shortcuts to learn how to navigate while using a screen reader.
- Evaluating Web Accessibility Videos
- Testing with Screen Readers
- Using JAWS to Evaluate Web Accessibility
- How A Screen Reader User Accesses The Web: A Smashing Video
- Button Contrast Checker
- Color Contrast and contrast validation tools
- W3C: How People with Disabilities Use the Web
- Web Accessibility Perspectives: Explore the Impact and Benefits for Everyone
- Web Accessibility the Wildcat Way