Open Source Tools for Evaluating and Inspecting Web Accessibility

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Scheduled at 8:00am in Cotton Creek I on Thursday November, 17.



  • Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 , AInspector Sidebar and Accessibility Bookmarklets are open source tools to analyze individual web pages and complete websites for accessibility features related to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA requirements.


AInspector Sidebar for Firefox and the Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 are open source tools that use the javascript based OpenAjax evaluation library and rule set for evaluating WCAG 2.0 level A and AA requirements. The OpenAjax evaluation library and rules are designed to help developers understand the accessibility of dynamic web applications and how to use ARIA and HTML 5 technologies to make their web applications more accessibility. One important aspect of the tools are their ability to filter the WCAG 2.0 requirements to just the requirements associated with the technologies use on a particular web page. For example, if no elements on a web page are associated with rendering of video or audio content the WCAG 2.0 requirements for audio and video will be reported as not applicable. Accessibility Bookmarklets provide a way to visualize the accessibility features of the website by highlighting elements on the page and providing basic information on accessibility.


  1. HTML4, HTML5 and ARIA techniques for meeting WCAG 2.0 requirements
  2. Using site-wide summary reports for planning, managing and reporting web accessibility
  3. Inspecting the accessibility of an individual web page

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Jon Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. He leads the development of open source web accessibility evaluation tools and coding practices resources to help web designers and developers understand accessible coding techniques. He is the past chair of the W3C User Agent Working Group and currently involved in making dynamic HTML more accessible as part of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group work on the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specification. He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility. He leads the development of the Accessibility Inspectors for Firefox and Firebug and the Functional Web Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) service. The tools can be used to help verify the use of the HTML4, HTML5 and ARIA techniques to implemen



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