[Athen] Testing Web Accessibility

Joseph Sherman Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu
Thu Jul 9 07:25:07 PDT 2015

If you use canvas the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool<https://github.com/ucfcdl/UDOIT>, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It") enables you to identify accessibility issues in Canvas by Instructure. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. Maybe someone can port it for Blackboard?

Are you looking to test individual pages or multiple at one time? For single pages, you can use these free tools:

1) Use the add on WAVE toolbar for FireFox<https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/wave-toolbar>, which adds a toolbar and right-click menu for WAVE. Also available for Chrome

2) HTML Codesniffer<http://squizlabs.github.io/HTML_CodeSniffer/> is a javascript bookmarklet that you can add to any browser bookmarks bar

3) AI Inspector Sidebar<https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ainspector-sidebar/> for Firefox

4) FireEyes<http://www.deque.com/products/fireeyes/> for Firebug in FireFox, from Deque

For Spider of multiple pages or a full site, I use PowerMapper SortSite<http://www.powermapper.com/products/sortsite/> desktop. It's similar to the enterprise tools, but runs on a single desktop, and is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. The standard and Pro versions start at $100 and $250 for educational use.

Of course all tools require manual work, as they have false positives and no tool will catch more than 35% of WCAG issues.


Joseph Sherman
Accessibility Specialist
CUNY Computing & Information Services
395 Hudson St 6FL, 6-236
646-664-2167| Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu<mailto:Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu>

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Jessica Dzyak
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2015 9:03 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Testing Web Accessibility

Good morning,

Does anyone know of a way to test web accessibility for a site that you have to log into? I love WAVE, but it doesn't work for me to test course pages in our LMS that require a log in.

Thank you,

Jessica Dzyak, MA, LMHC
Learning Differences Specialist
Labouré College
303 Adams Street, Office B005
Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 617-322-3542
Fax: 617-322-3594
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