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List of Useful Tools

A | C | F | T | V | W

Please Note: All links go to external websites.


A

  • AChecker - Checks your web pages for conformance with accessibility standards to make sure your content can be accessed by everyone.
  • Accessibility Checklist - Accessibility Checklist provides an easy way to explore the most relevant guidelines using a simplified language framework and easy to explore user interface. Users can filter guidelines by topic such as images, keyboard, and forms.
  • Accessibility Color Wheel - A tool that helps in the choice of a color pair (text/background) to use in a web page. It simulates three kinds of color blindness and it shows the result of W3C algorithms that reveal if the colors are accessible
  • Accessibility Valet - A tool that allows you to check Web pages against either Section 508 or W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) accessibility compliance. One URL at a time may be checked with this online tool in free mode. All the HTML reporting options display your markup in a normalized form, highlighting valid, deprecated and bogus markup, as well as elements which are misplaced. Any accessibility warnings are shown in a generated report.
  • AnyBrowser.com - This site contains tools to create meta tags, check your page in various screen sizes, validate your HTML, check your links, and see how your site my be listed by search engine spiders.

C

  • Colour Contrast Check - The Colour Contrast Check Tool allows to specify a foreground and a background colour and determine if they provide enough of a contrast "when viewed by someone having color deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen".
  • Contrast Checker - This tool is built for designers and developers to test color contrast compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These calculations are based on the formulas specified by the W3C.
  • Cynthia Says Portal

F

  • Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) - The FAE evaluates a web page for its accessibility by referencing the ITAA Web Accessibility Standards which are based on the WCAG 1.0 and Section 508 guidelines. The results of the evaluation are broken into 5 categories: Navigation and Orientation, Text Equivalents, Scripting, Styling and HTML Standards. The judging of the overall performance in each category is a percentage, divided between Pass, Warn and Fail – thus enabling you to focus on the specific areas with most problems. You evaluate a single page or multiple pages.

T

  • TIDY - Clean up HTML code.
  • Toptal - This is a tool which helps color blind individuals browse and access the web better. This tool allows you to type in any website URL, and it will re-adjust the color filters so that the website can be properly viewed by a color blind visitor. 

V

  • Vischeck - Shows you what your web pages look like to someone who is color blind. You can use Vischeck online with either an image file or running it through your web page, or you can download and use it on your computer.

W

  • WAVE - Web Accessibility Tool -  The tool reports accessibility violations by annotating a copy of the page that was evaluated and at the same time, providing recommendations on how to repair them. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original Web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility information within your page.

Please Note: If, after reviewing these tools, you still have questions about the web accessibility procedures, you may contact your Web Content Manager or the SED Help Desk. You may also submit your question to the NYSED Web Accessibility Support Forum.