Accessibility Testing Tools for Navigation

Web accessibility evaluation tools help examine if a web resource meets accessibility standards. Although these tools are based on the same accessibility principles, each tool operates based on its own set of evaluation criteria. These tools will only provide means to perform an evaluation with, and will not automatically determine whether a web resource is accessible.

Testing Options

Accessibility Testing Options Provided by Each Testing Tool
Firefox Accessibility Extension FAE WAVE 3.0 AIS Toolbar
Unique Titles x x   x
Headings x x x x
Navigation Bars x x x x
Dynamic Menus        
Form Labels x x x x
Language x     x
Links x   x x
Lists     x x
Data Tables x x x x
Access Keys x x x x
Frames x x x x

Firefox Accessibility Extension

Information on Firefox Accessibility Extention

FAE

Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) analyzes web resources for markup that is consistent with the use of CITES/DRES HTML Best Practices for development of functionally accessible and interoperable web resources.

Read about FAE.

Testing from FAE Website

Screenshot of http://fae.cita.uiuc.edu/ view

Testing from Firefox Accessibility Extension

If you are browsing with Firefox and have Firefox Accessibility Extension installed, running FAE from the Extension offers a different way of testing accesibility of a single page you are currently browsing.

  1. Tools button
  2. FAE Report option

Screenshot of navigation to FAE from Firefox extension toolbar

Summary Report

screenshot of FAE summary report with form labels highlighted

Page Report

screenshot of FAE Page Report for Navigation & Orientation with Form labels highlighted

WAVE 3.0 Accessibility Tool

WAVE 3.0 Accessiblity Tool Website

Preferences Adjustment

The WAVE 3.0 Accessibility Tool enables the user to adjust the preferences setting of the tool so that the user is able to check for specific accessibility issues without being overwhelmed by other testing elements. Refer to the Index of WAVE Icons and Associated Accessibility Standards for the testing choices you need.

Current WAVE Preferences

  • Displays current preferences setting
  • Change Preferences button

screenshot of change preferences button on WAVE

WAVE Preferences

  1. Select desired choices in each section
  2. Set Preferences button

screenshot of WAVE Preferences setting page

Page Submission

screenshot of entering URL on WAVE

AIS Toolbar

The Web Accessibility Toolbar is provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team of Vision Australia. The AIS Toolbar helps with the examination of web pages for a variety of accessibility aspects by identifying components of the web resource and simulating user experience.

The AIS Toolbar is used with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Read more about the AIS Toolbar on the AIS website.