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RE: Best automated Accessibility evaluation tool

From: Colin Lieberman <clieberman@dralegal.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:08:24 -0800
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Paul -

 

I assume you mean accessibility testing for websites. There are a number of
tools that I've found helpful, but as you know, it is important to note that
none of them are effective in absence of real human testing.

 

Watchfire WebXact (http://www.webxact.com <http://www.webxact.com/> ) is
good starting point, as it shows you where some of the biggest problems lie.
If webxact finds a recurring priority 1 error, you know you've got something
that needs attention.

 

Chris Pederik's Web Developer's Toolbar for Firefox
(http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/) is also an excellent tool. It
helps you evaluate a site's functionality when css and/or javascript
disabled. It also will quickly outline any images that are missing alt text,
and it will let you do a number of other things are quite helpful in
accessibility testing.

 

Unless you have your own license for screen reading software, it can be hard
to get handle on how the site will be read. While it's not a substitute for
screen reading software, the lynx text-only browser
(http://www.fredlwm.hpg.ig.com.br/cygwin/lynx/) can give you an idea of some
of the problems a screen reader may encounter.

 

Colin Lieberman

IT Manager

Disability Rights Advocates

449 15th Street, Suite 303

Oakland California  94612

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From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Paul Collins
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 2:43 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Best automated Accessibility evaluation tool

 

Looking at Accessibility evaluation software, could anyone recommend the
best tool for all-round evaluation?

 

And yes, I will be doing human testing also!

 

Thanks,
Paul
Received on Friday, 18 November 2005 17:08:37 GMT

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