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9 Accessibility Testing Tools for Web Applications

woodjessica profile image Jessica Wood Originally published at testingxperts.com ・4 min read

Summary:

Web Accessibility is an important requirement for every application, as it ensures its accessibility for everyone, i.e. including persons with disabilities. These disabilities have to be covered for speech, auditory, physical, visual, neurological, and cognitive. But, most of the applications have the difficulty of an accessibility barrier. This will lead the application to be accessible for a limited people; hence, to avoid such scenarios, enterprises need to adopt certain testing tools to make web applications more accessible and meet the needs of different users.

For any business, constructing a user-friendly application is a major requirement. The apps should be able to perform in a similar way even for people with special needs to use the technology. In order to ensure this crucial need, enterprises have to follow certain accessibility testing practices before the application launch.

Accessibility testing is a kind of software testing and a subset of usability testing. The practices ensure an application to be accessible for people who have disabilities and require special needs to access the application.

To perform the tests related to accessibility, it is crucial for enterprises to adopt an accessibility testing tool. There are a good number of online tools that enable enterprises to perform accessibility testing.

Top 9 Tools for performing Accessibility Testing for Web Applications

  1. WAVE: Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool is prominently known as WAVE. The tool is a free web accessibility tool and a browser extension designed by WEBAIM. The tool helps to function on various accessibility aspects, it verifies the password protection, intranet, sensitive web pages, etc. Also, it functions in evaluating a range of issues related to color contrasting to ARIA attributes, compliance standards for both WCAG and Section 508.

  2. Dynomapper.com: DYNO mapper is a Visual Sitemap Generator that evaluates web accessibility across online applications and websites. DYNO Mapper is specialized in content inventory and audit. The results from the Dynomapper.com are displayed within visual sitemaps to ease planning and project discovery. The tool is even specialized to edit and customize sitemaps with colors.

  3. SortSite: It is one of the popular website testing tools that is available for both web applications and desktop. It helps in performing tests on various aspects such as broken links, accessibility, CSS and HTML standards, cross-browser compatibility, etc. SortSite helps to perform accessibility scans for 10 pages; if the scanning is required for more pages, the tool provides an opportunity to purchase the software to run more scans.

  4. AXE: It is a very popular tool with extensions available for both Chrome and Firefox. When a report is run on this tool, it helps in providing a list of errors. The tool is designed by considering various libraries, environments, frameworks, tools; and all new browsers. Also, it supports static fixtures, iframes of infinite depth, and in-memory fixtures integration tests.

  5. Automated Accessibility testing tool: With the use of the Automated Accessibility testing tool, it is easier to combine accessibility testing with the testing regime. The tool is discovered by PayPal and it is well-known for performing web application testing on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

  6. Tota11y: Tota11y is a tool built by developers from Khan Academy. Tota11y is a single Javascript file that enables an insert button on the bottom of the document. The tool aims to reduce the tedious and confusing scenario of performing accessibility testing by the developers, and it helps in visualizing violations.

  7. CKEditor 4 Accessibility Checker: The tool helps in scrutinizing the accessibility of the user’s created content. CKEditor 4 Accessibility Checker is a user interface that enables access for the content without any difficulty. Also, it helps in resolving the errors and ensures to work according to the WCAG 2.0 and Section 5.08.

  8. AChecker: It is a successful open-source tool designed by the Inclusive Design Research Center. The tool is popularly used to evaluate accessibility across various websites. The tool evaluates only single HTML pages so that it ensures with the adherence to the accessibility standards and ensures the content is accessed to everyone.

  9. Bureau of Internet Accessibility: The tedious growth of digitalization is effectively increasing the need to manage mobile and desktop applications with all accessibility standards. By opting for the Bureau of Internet Accessibility tool, it is easier to make the web-accessible. Also, the platform helps in understanding the interfaces and makes sure the mobile and web apps are accessible and understandable for a user.

Conclusion:

Many web applications have specific accessibility barriers that create complexities for a disabled individual to use. With the practice of accessibility testing, it is easier for a website to be accessible for people with disabilities related to speech, visual, physical, auditory, etc. However, accessibility testing is not only limited for people with disabilities, but it also indicates how accessible the web application is for different users.

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