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Texas A&M Web Accessibility Showcase Accessibility Testing: Tools & Resources. Erick Beck Division of Marketing & Communications Texas A&M University [email protected] On-Campus Resources. Web Accessibility Team That\'s us!

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texas a m web accessibility showcase accessibility testing tools resources
Texas A&M Web Accessibility ShowcaseAccessibility Testing: Tools & Resources

Erick Beck

Division of Marketing & Communications

Texas A&M University

[email protected]

on campus resources
On-Campus Resources

Web Accessibility Team

  • That\'s us!
  • Grassroots organization of web developers, designers, and programmers with an interest in web accessibility
  • Open to anyone who wants to join and work toward improving the accessibility of the campus web presence
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On-Campus Resources

Web Accessibility Website

  • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/
  • Hub for the Texas A&M Web community to collaborate with and educate each other on issues regarding accessibility and usability.
    • Policy & Law
    • Education & Training
    • Tools & Resources
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On-Campus Resources

Web Accessibility Listserv

  • [email protected]
  • Posting open to anyone, but must subscribe to receive the replies
  • Low traffic mailing list for discussion of web related topics and announcements from the Web Accessibility Team
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On-Campus Resources

Web Accessibility Coordinator

  • [email protected]
  • Position mandated by TAC 206
  • Primarily involved with the enforcement/assessment side of web accessibility rather than educational aspects
  • Contact them to report inaccessible sites
  • Contact them to request exemption from 508 requirements
online resources
Online Resources

Checklists

  • We’re not lawyers, nor do we play one on TV
  • Easy to follow lists help us understand Section 508 requirements
  • WebAIM
    • http://www.webaim.org/standards/508/checklist/
  • Humbolt University - “Translated to English”
    • http://www.humboldt.edu/~wag/education/explained.html
  • List of useful checklists
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/checklists.html
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Online Resources

Validators

  • Clean code is your friend!
  • Valid XHTML will solve 90% of your accessibility issues
    • XHTML will not even validate without proper ALT usage
  • “But Dreamweaver says it’s OK” – No, use the validator
  • W3C HTML Validator
    • http://validator.w3.org/
    • http://validator.tamu.edu/
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Online Resources

Browser Tools

  • The web standards movement has in many ways succeeded to the point that it is looking to expand its scope, and one of the areas in accessibility
  • Access Firefox hub for Firefox accessibility tools
    • Compiled by a blind user
    • http://www.accessfirefox.org/
  • Opera
    • http://www.opera.com/products/desktop/access/
    • http://www.webaim.org/resources/opera/
  • Web Accessibility Toolbar for IE
    • http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=614
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Online Resources

Tutorials

  • Section 508 Accessibility
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/508.html
  • Color Blindness
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/colorBlindness.html
  • HTML/CSS
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/html.html
  • Javascript & Application Development
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/javascript.html
  • Microsoft Office Suite Files
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/msOffice.html
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Online Resources

Tutorials, Cont.

  • PDF Documents
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/pdf.html
  • Video – Flash/Quicktime/WMV
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/tutorials/video.html
  • Third-Party Educational Resources
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/education/sites.html
  • WebAIM
    • http://www.webaim.org/articles/
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Online Resources

Screen Readers/Magnifiers

  • JAWS
    • Demo of an expert user - http://vimeo.com/1157346
  • Window Eyes
  • Tips for building magnifier-friendly web pages
    • http://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web-accessibility/screen-magnifiers.shtml
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Online Resources

Video Captioning

  • Captioning resources
    • http://webaccess.tamu.edu/resources/video.html
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Online Resources

Accessibility Checking Software

  • Each of these will test one page at a time
  • Accessibility Valet
    • http://valet.webthing.com/access/url.html
  • Cynthia Says
    • http://www.cynthiasays.com/
  • WAVE
    • http://wave.webaim.org/
    • Firefox plugin also available
local resources
Local Resources

Accessibility Checking Software

  • ITIM group in CIS has been evaluating software packages to bring to the university
  • Would allow site-wide scans
  • IBM Rational Policy Tester
    • http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/tester/policy/accessibility/
    • Successor to Bobby and Watchfire WebXM
    • Status of project???
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