H810 – Evaluation tools (24.4 part 2)
Finally a breakthrough 🙂 – some evaluation tools that really help to assess a web page for its accessibility. Thanks to a peer of my tutor-group who provided that links and comments:
Thanks Graeme 🙂
A variety of testing tools for Firefox
I downloaded these add-ons for Firefox (some of them create toolbars but all are available from Tools on the menu bar):
Juicy Studio Accessibility Toolbar https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9108/
- Checks out tables, colour brightness and colour contrast.
Fangs Screen Reader Emulator https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/402/
- Produces a text version of a page showing how a screen reader might interpret it. I suppose it might be considered as an alternate format to checking out how your site “sounds” in a screen reader.
- Checks a page against US 508 compliance and WCAG 1 & 2 compliance – use the companion tab on the menu if your web page is on a password protected site.
WAVE Toolbar https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6720/
- Checks for a range of accessibility feature and has icons to flag them up along with some additional info when you float over the icon. Allows a text only view, shows the navigational order in structure view, and headings in outline view.
All of them still require you to have knowledge of guidelines but I have found them useful in identifying issues with my resource. It failed on the colour contrast in Juicy (and in some cases brightness) which I had already noted as a problem with styles in eXe but confirmed I would have to create at least one new theme if I want to make it more accessible for dyslexic students or those with colour blindness or other vision impairments.