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The following tools can be useful to web developers in creating and testing accessible sites and applications:


Online Testing Tools

  • W3C Markup Validation Service - the W3C validator tests live and uploaed web pages for valid HTML/XHTML code, the foundation for accessibility.
  • Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) - FAE automatically tests live web pages and/or sites for compliance with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Web Accessibility Best Practices.
  • WAVE - WebAIM's web accessibility evaluation tool test pages against leading accessibility standards and helps authors visualize accessibility issues. WAVE can test live and uploaded pages.
  • ATRC Web Accessibility Checker - the University of Toronto's experimental checker uses 267 automatic and manual accessibility tests to check live and uploaded pages.


Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar - a powerful toolbar from Microsoft that includes a DOM inspector, image report, and easy means of switching off CSS and scripts. (Included in IE 8.)
  • Web Accessibility Toolbar [for IE], Version 2.0 - a powerful toolbar from the Web Accessibility Tools Consortium that lets you examine the structure and accessibility of web pages, including tables, headings, form fields, images and more.
  • MSF&W Accessibility Toolbar - the custom-built toolbar that we use when manually testing web pages for accessibility; it provides quick and easy access to the most important tests.


Assistive Technology Software

More Information

For more information about accessibility tools and testing techniques, please email or call (217) 698-3535 · (217) 698-1353 TTY.