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FLO Accessibility Toolkit

Website Evaluation

  •  An accessibility evaluation ensures that the core functions of the library website can effectively be completed by all users.  There are tools below to help check code based structure  and functionality,  color contrast,  and tab based navigation.     
  • A good evaluation can determine if there are images without proper alternative text,  if headings are structured properly,  and if basic tasks are operable by a screen reader or by keyboard-only navigation.    

Website Organization and Function

AInspector Firefox Extension (Free)

The AInspector tool is a sidebar on Firefox that provides a summary of violations divided by WCAG rule category. It also maps the violated WCAG guideline with information about why/how it is violating the rule. Users can drill down further by selecting the element and displaying the related HTML code in the bottom part of the screen.  AInspector was developed at University of Illinois.

Example of AInspector Sidebar Website Evaluation Tool

[Screencapture from AInspector Sidebar with Evaluation of a Library's Website.]

ANDI (Accessible Name & Description Inspector) is a free tool developed by the federal government to test websites for accessibility.

  • Provide automated detection of accessibility issues

  • Reveal what a screen reader should say for interactive elements (the accessible name computation)

  • Give practical suggestions to improve accessibility and check 508 compliance

  • How to use ANDI

Online Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE)

  • Checks page accessibility. It will display the page with tags to show what items pass the accessibility check, as well as what does not pass the check.   
  • It is free and was developed by Utah State University,
  • An introduction to the Wave Tool.

Tab Order

Web Accessibility Criteria - Tab Order (Manual Check)

  • Keyboard accessibility is one of the most important aspects of web accessibility. Not all users navigate the page with the mouse or a trackpad; some users only rely on keyboard to navigate.
  • Tab Order Accessibility from Univ. of Colorado IT.
  • Hint:  How many presses of the Tab and Enter button does it take to reach your library's phone number? 

Accessible Documents

When providing downloadable documents there are steps you can follow to evaluate how accessible they are to disabled users. When possible, provide multiple formats (ex. PDF and Word) so that users can pick their preferred file type. Below are some curated resources that explain how to create accessible documents in multiple formats: