The Cynthia Says portal is a web content accessibility validation solution. It is designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines.
Cynthia Says has been touted as a great web accessibility evaluator. However, the reports are very hard to read and are incomplete. Responses to accessibility checks are not clear regarding whether a page checkpoint has passed or not. Some are left blank. Confusing results do not help with accessibility validation.
This evaluator was developed at the University of Illinois, and allows users to check the functional accessibility of any URL. Sign up for a free account to generate and save reports about your site. FAE analyzes entire web sites all at once instead of one page at a time. (FAE) -checks one page but can get a free user account to check to up to 3 levels. The Functional Accessibility Evaluator analyzes web resources for markup that is consistent with the use of DRES/CITES HTML best practices for development of functionally accessible web resources and resources that support interoperability. The HTML best practices are not a new standard, but rather a statement of techniques for implementation of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and United States Federal Government Section 508 standards that not only improve accessibility for people with disabilities, but also the interoperability of web resources for everyone so all people benefit by having more options to access and use web resources.
This validator works and would recommend using it alongside the W3C validator.
Truwex is another multi-purpose checker. With this tool, you'll be able to check not only for accessibility but for privacy, quality and compliance with a variety of Web standards of your choosing as well.
Web Accessibility Inspector is a program that can determine whether or not your website can be easily viewed by the elderly and those with visual impairments. The criteria of Web Accessibility Inspector are based on W3C WCAG 1.0 and Fujitsu Web Accessibility Guidelines. It can evaluate not just HTML but also CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and enables to diagnose at a high level of precision, including text size, line spacing, and the color of texts and backgrounds.
This tools has excellent hierarchically presented information. Each error is highlighted, includes an indication of severity of error and the ability to go to the error on the web page through clickable link. The tool also provides information about what disability will be affected. It finally provides a link to the guideline that has been violated.
The Web Accessibility Toolbar has been developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. It consists of a range of functions that: identify components of a web page, facilitate the use of 3rd party online applications, simulate user experiences and provide links to references and additional resources.
A very useful toolbar that installs and runs as toolbar tools for checking various aspects of accessibility.
A web-based system that performs some automated WCAG 1.0 testing, then guides a user through tests which need to be done or confirmed manually. Hera is multilingual (you can change on the fly), and a translation interface is available to easily add new languages. Hera development is ongoing, and is mostly in Spanish. The system is written in PHP and is available for adaptation under the GPL open-source license. ---Hera will check your page for any accessibility issues and highlight them for you to make them easy to find, analyze and fix if necessary.
This tool provides a different way of viewing the validation of a web page. The accuracy and reliability may not be as high as tools from the W3C.
Want to avoid running your site through a variety of different online accessibility checkers? Simply use this one easy form instead. It runs your content through dozens of sites to check everything from quality to your Google Page Rank.
A useful link to a list of validators grouped by the types of validations they do. However, some of the reports generated by the validators are not easy to read and some of the validators do not work at all.
Visolve is software that transforms the computer display colors into the discriminable colors for various people with color blindness. One of its aims is to help people with color blindness guess a normal color. In addition to the color transformation, it provides the following two functions: the filtering darkens all colors other than the specified color, and the hatching draws different hatch patterns depending on color.
This is a tool to help people understand how colors in images appear to those who are color blind. Seems directed to analysis of image data for images that might be included on a web site.
WAVE exposes errors and highlights content where accessibility considerations require human judgment (e.g. WAVE exposes alternative text so a human evaluator can determine whether it is appropriate for the image). Icons are used as feedback elements within the web page being evaluated.
This is a very thorough accessibility evaluator. The only problem is that The report is a copy of the web page with added icons that are represent web accessibility errors. To understand the meanings of the graphics you must navigate to another web page.
It is primarily a tool for checking foreground & background color combinations to determine if they provide good color visibility. It also contains functionality to create simulations of certain visual conditions such as color blindness. Determining “color visibility” is based on two sets of algorithms: Luminosity Contrast Ratio and Color Difference and Brightness Difference, suggested by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
This downloadable tool allows you to Check the contrast between foreground and back ground. Unfortunately it is in a zipped file format which may cause problems for users. The tool has three options for selecting the color to compare; drop down list, hex text input or eye drop color picker similar to Photoshop. In addition once colors are picked the software has the option to show you results adjusted for certain eye conditions. The current version is 2.0.
The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 recommends that web pages provide a minimum luminosity contrast ratio of 5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text (14pt bold or 18pt normal or larger).
A contrast comparison tool that can produce the contrast ratios for almost all of the web safe colors.
Fangs is a Mozilla Firefox extension that displays a text representation of a web page, simulating the manner in which it might be read by a screen-reader. This may aid web developers in finding accessibility issues at an early stage in the UI development process.
Fangs takes some work to install. Once installed, it gives you a good view of how headings look in a page and the list of links available. This could be a useful tool for developers.
The Analyzer enables foreground and background color combinations to be tested against the suggested luminosity contrast ratio algorithm.
Quick tool to use for comparison of two colors. This allows a user to put in two colors to analyze. The color contrast analyzer only examines the difference between foreground and background colors for text elements; it does not detect scenarios where text is written over the top of a background image or dynamic changes.
Macaw is a free program that helps in adding text tracks to QuickTime video. Versions are available for both Mac and Windows platforms.
This is a good tool for those working with QuickTime video. The tool allows viewing a movie and the transcript for the movie. Click on a button to add timing to the text file where the captions would enter the movie.
MAGpie is a free JAVA-based application for creating captions and audio descriptions for QuickTime, Real and Windows Media content. MAGpie is available for use on both the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
The Mozilla/Firefox Accessibility Extension makes it easier for people with disabilities to view and navigate web content. Developers can use the extension to check their use of structural and styling markup that support functional web accessibility.
This Firefox tool seems to encompass several other Firefox accessibility tools (ARIA and Fangs, at least). It uses the standards of the Functional Accessibility Evaluator from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to evaluate components in a web page. It is a very useful tool to check the structure of any web page for accessibility issues in real-time. The only drawback is it is only for the Firefox web browser.
Chances are good that if you're doing a lot of web development you already have the Firefox Web developer toolbox in your bag of tricks. But did you know that you can also use it to check Web accessibility? Follow this link for instructions on how to make your toolbars work even harder.
This tool provides different options for testing and validating web pages through a toolbar. It uses the W3C validator for validating and contains functionality to test for WCAG1 guidelines.
The University of Durham Header Ordering Checker linearizes each page and checks the order of heading tags. It will give a warning for each improperly ordered header. A page's HTML should be validated before using this utility, as improperly matched headers, or headers within headers could cause problems.
HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing. The details of the errors are seen when looking the HTML source of the page.
This tool attempts to give immediate feedback regarding validation in the web interface while browsing. Works OK, but there results from the W3C validator site are always more reliable.
The IBM Rule-Based Accessibility Validation Environment (RAVEN) is an innovative suite of tools for inspecting Java and web rich-client graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and validating them for accessibility. Non-invasive techniques, like Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP), Introspection, and the Java Reflection API, are used to validate pre-existing GUIs at execution time rather than by examining source-code. This tool provides the ability to: Validate your static web content and some DHTML content for accessibility; Inspect and validate your Eclipse plug-in in the current Eclipse workbench; Inspect and validate your plug-in (and/or Eclipse itself) in an Eclipse workbench running in a separate JVM; Inspect and validate your Java application running in a separate JVM; Validate GUI components under development from the Java Perspective; Launch, test, and use RAVEN to validate Eclipse plug-ins from your development environment using the Runtime Workbench ; Define your own validation rules via external XML files; Persist validation reports. Now referred to as Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF)
This is a plug-in to be used with Eclipse development software. It only works to validate Java.
Gunning Fog, Flesch Reading Ease, and Flesch-Kincaid are reading level algorithms that can be helpful in determining the readability of written content. Reading level algorithms only provide a rough guide, as they tend to reward short sentences made up of short words. Although they're rough guides, they can give a useful indication of whether content is targeted at the correct level for an intended audience. The Juicy Studio Readability Test automatically calculates a readability score for a Web page just by entering its URL.
This readability test tool generate a report that indicates the reading level of the chosen web page. This tool is useful if you want your content to be understood by everyone no matter their reading level. The drawback is that the tests used by the tool only give a rough guide about readability.
Table Inspector is a Mozilla - Firefox extension to reveal the hidden accessibility features of data tables, such as summary, headers, axis, scope, and abbr.
This tool reveals table markup that is usually hidden from plain view. It is a good way to check that your table is coded correctly. The problem with the tool is that is the tags don't exist is the code no information will be given. So the usefulness of this tool is limited.
A free, fast, highly standards-compliant Web browser that allows you to toggle images, style sheets, scripting, and tables on and off with a single mouse click. These features allow designers to check alt-text, see how tables linearize, and ensure that pages work with style sheets turned off.
This web browser is a viable alternative to Firefox or Internet Explorer. It would be useful for cross-browser compatibility and accessibility checks.