[Athen] Web Accessibility Toolbar and Distance Education

Greg Kraus greg_kraus at ncsu.edu
Mon Sep 10 11:00:19 PDT 2012

Depending on your exact needs (I'll do a little self-promoting here) I
have a tool that I have developed that evaluates for certain
accessibility features. I've been using this tool internally for a
while. It needs a little polishing still, but it's ready for a wider
audience to begin looking at it.

This tool does not cover all aspects of Web accessibility. It
specifically shows document structure information that is useful to
screen reader users. It will show you how many headings, ARIA
landmarks, tabindex attributes, and internal links are present on a
page. It will also visually show you where they are located. I find
this information useful because I don't have to fire up a screen
reader to begin exploring how a screen reader will experience a page
or where any crazy author-defined navigation (like using lots of
tabindexes) are present.


I wouldn't make this tool the first one I give out to people,
especially people who are newer to Web accessibility, but it might
help you in your case.


Greg Kraus
University IT Accessibility Coordinator
NC State University
greg_kraus at ncsu.edu

On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM, Greg Kraus <greg_kraus at ncsu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Ellen,


> Many toolbars will work because they do all of their evaluations

> directly in the browser instead of relying on an external site to have

> to get around password security. Both of these should work for

> Firefox.


> The WAVE Toolbar

> http://wave.webaim.org/toolbar


> Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar

> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/accessibility-evaluation-toolb/


> For a full-featured Web accessibility evaluator, we use SortSite. It

> is a locally run application (Windows only) that will scan any page or

> site, including password-protected ones.

> http://www.powermapper.com/products/sortsite/


> Greg


> --

> Greg Kraus

> University IT Accessibility Coordinator

> NC State University

> 919.513.4087

> greg_kraus at ncsu.edu


> On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 9:36 PM, CUTLER_ELLEN <CUTLER_ELLEN at smc.edu> wrote:

>> Hello,


>> Are any of you familiar with a web accessibility evaluation toolbar that

>> works within a distance education shell (access by password only)?


>> Thanks in advance for your help.


>> Ellen


>> Ellen Cutler

>> Santa Monica College


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