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.

This article has been tagged

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Other articles I recommend

Writing a Good Web Accessibility Statement

An accessibility statement makes a good addition to all web sites. It is not only a place to demonstrate that you are taking accessibility seriously, but more importantly, it should provide extra information for visitors to your site — particularly for those people with disabilities who need to know about the accessibility of the information and services you provide — and a mechanism to receive feedback on accessibility.

Invaluable Online Website Tools

Thousands of businesses worldwide face the challenge of establishing their web presence; a goal difficult to achieve without efficient web site development and testing tools. If someone where to ask you how good your website was, how would you answer; could you answer? There are so many factors to take into consideration, such as code validation, speed of download accessibility, usability etc, that there is no one correct answer and subsequently no one website that can provide you the definitive answer.

Firefox Extensions for Web Developers

By itself, Firefox is a lean and fast browser, but lacks many functions useful to a Web Developer. This is where extensions come to the rescue. Web Developers use a host of Firefox extensions to increase their efficiency. I have included a list of my most used extensions. All of these plugins are great for developing and bug testing web sites within the Firefox browser environment.