Web Accessibility Toolbar

by Simon. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

The Web Accessibility Toolbar, provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team at the National Information and Library Service (NILS) , Australia, is a tool for advanced users or web developers, that helps to examine the structure, components and accessibility features of any given web page. It installs as an Internet Explorer (version 5+, Windows) toolbar and offers several integrated tools to inspect style sheets, tables, frames, images and more, as well as a wide variety of tests and features that are provide by other web sites, including link checks, HTML validation, page download speed, colour simulations, page resolutions and much more. A nice toolbox for web developers.

The toolbar can be downloaded via the following link: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/AccessibilityToolbar.html

The Web Accessibility Toolbar has been developed to aid manual examination of web pages for a variety of aspects of accessibility. It 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

Much like Chris Pederic’s Web Developer Toolbar, which was popularised through Firefox, this toolbar can be used as an aid for manual checking of many of the Web Content Accessibility Guideline’s Checkpoints (WCAG) 1.0. None of the toolbar functions listed will tell you whether a page conforms to a particular checkpoint, but they will help you in assessing conformance.

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