6 Essential Tools for an Accessible Website

Accessibility is extremely important to your website. Simply put, what good does your website’s content do if certain people can’t see it? Sure, your fancy new design with the tiny fonts and low-contrast colors might look slick to you and your friends, but those with poorer eyesight, color blindness, and any other visual hindrance won’t be able to navigate, much less read, your website. You want to, must make your website accessible if you want the maximum amount of visitors.

But how do you go about making sure your website is accessible? Here are 6 tools to an accessible website:

  • WAVE is a free tool that helps you in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than giving you a complex technical report, WAVE displays your original web page with embedded icons and indicators, showing the accessibility of your page.
  • IDI Web Accessibility Checker checks your web pages for conformance with accessibility standards to make sure your content can be accessed by everyone.
  • Vischeck shows you what your web pages look like to someone who is color blind. You can use Vischeck online with either an image file or running it through your web page, or you can download and use it on your computer.
  • mobiReady is a testing tool that evaluates your website’s mobile-readiness using industry practices and standards. It gives you a free report that provides both a score (from 1 to 5) and in-depth analysis of your web pages to determine how well your site performs on a mobile device.
  • Stanford Web Accessibility Checker is a programmatic tool that can analyze your web pages and test for possible access barriers. It can check live code via URL, or you may supply a working file for evaluation. It then produces a report of all accessibility problems for your selected guidelines.
  • Check My Colours is a tool for checking foreground and background color combinations of all DOM elements and determining if they provide enough of a contrast when viewed by someone with color deficits.

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