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Texas A&M Web Accessibility ShowcaseAccessibility Testing: Tools & Resources

Erick Beck

Division of Marketing & Communications

Texas A&M University

ebeck@tamu.edu


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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

  • webaccess@listserv.tamu.edu

  • 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

  • itim@tamu.edu

  • 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


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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


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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???