Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Check your Web designs with Web Accessibility Toolbar

Web Accessibility Toolbar is a neat application provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team of Vision Australia developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. This application installs as an Internet Explorer toolbar and helps web designers and developers to examine the structure, components and accessibility features of any given web page. and offers several integrated tools to inspect style sheets, tables, frames, images and more. System requirements are:
  • Microsoft Windows - Tested on Windows 98 & 2000, NT & XP
  • Internet Explorer 5+ with Javascript enabled (for most functions except IE Options)

Web Accessibility Toolbar consists of a range of functions that:
  • identify components of a web page
  • facilitate the use of 3rd party online applications
  • simulate user experiences
  • provide links to references and additional resources
You can also carry out several tests like link checks, HTML validation, page download speed, color simulations, page resolutions and much more. There are other languages supported than English (French, Portuguese, Korean etc.). Toolbar functionality is an ongoing development process. However Toolbar has an update function the tools/references available, so that it can be updated without any user intervention: some toolbar functionality are based on Javascript and CSS files that are hosted on the Vision Australia server. These files may can undergo modifications and change in the way the associated Toolbar function works.
You should download it and give it a try it!

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