Testing Tools

Testing may be performed at many different points in the development of digital content. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides a comprehensive list of evaluation tools to test websites.  There is also a Website Accessibility Evaluation Report Generator that provides an interface to check through WCAG 2.0 guidelines and generates a report.  You can use this to automatize compliance testing reports.

For testing during the development of your website or code, please refer to our page on web development tools.  

Word accessibility checkerIf you are creating digital instruction content such as Word or PowerPoint files, you may resort to accessibility checking functionalities in the applications you use to create your documents.  The MSOffice Suite contains an accessibility checker that can be easily accessed to review the accessibility of your Word or PowerPoint. 

In the Menu, go to File > Info > Check for Issues > Check Accessibility.  This will create a report that will appear on a window at the right hand of your document.  The report offers guidance as to how to address any findings.

If you have an existing website, you can test for accessibility errors using the Functional Accessibility Evaluator, a project of the Open Accessibility Alliance and OpenAjax Accessibility Task Force.  This testing tool has the capacity to evaluate a website with its secondary and tertiary pages.  It generates a report that can respond to different sets of guidelines.

To check one (web) page, you can resort to the WAVE online tester.

A cost-benefit analysis may proof your unit's need to resort to an external vendor.  Contactdigitalaccess@iastate.edu for consultation, guidance and support.