Tools for Best Practices Implementation

Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE)

The Illinois Functional Web Accessibility Evaluator is designed to test web sites for functional accessibility features as defined in the iCITA HTML Best Practices for implementation of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act, Section 508 requirements and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Three types of reports are created. A summary report is useful for managers and developers to gain an overall view of the accessibility of a web site. A site wide report provides information regarding which pages pass, fail or have warnings within a web site. A page level report provides the details of the accessibility features and problems on a website. This tool is especially useful for auditing the HTML used in web sites as part of administrative initiatives to manage the accessibility of an organization's web resources.

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Firefox Accessibility Extension

The Firefox Accessibility Extension is designed to make information related to accessibility on a web page, easier to view, locate and evaluate. It provides mechanisms to automatically evaluate a variety of aspects of accessibility as well as mechanisms to manually examine web pages. The extension allows users to look at accessibility markup though lists, highlighting, keyboard shortcuts and alternate views of page content. Much like FAE, the extension provides accessibility evaluations based on the iCITA HTML Best Practices for implementation of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act, Section 508 requirements and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The extension helps developers locate individual elements on a the web page that have been reported, via FAE or Firefox Accessibility Extension, as being inaccessible.

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