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Validation and Repair Tools

Validation and Repair Tools

  1. Bobby, the automated accessibility checker, at http://www.cast.org/bobby. Comes in two versions—one on the Web, one stand-alone (Java-based) application. Stand-alone version can check a whole Web site; the online version checks one page at a time and has trouble with dynamically generated pages. Be aware that no automated tool can possibly detect all accessibility problems. Humans are necessary!

  2. A-Prompt, at http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/. An evaluation and repair tool developed jointly by Toronto’s Adaptive Technology Resource Center and Wisconsin’s Trace Research and Development Center (see above).

  3. W3C’s HTML Validation Service, at http://validator.w3.org/.

  4. HTML-Kit, at http://www.chami.com/html-kit. This powerful Web-authoring tool performs several useful and important functions, including HTML validation and conversion to XHTML. It also cleans up extraneous HTML code generated when Microsoft Office documents are saved as Web pages.

  5. The WAVE, at http://www.temple.edu/inst_disabilities/piat/wave/. Developed at Temple University (Philadelphia) by the late Len Kasday, the WAVE is especially useful in helping sighted developers see ALT text and recognize the order in which items on their pages will be read by screen readers and talking browsers.

  6. Microsoft Powerpoint WWW Accessibility Wizard, at http://www.rehab.uiuc.edu/ppt/index.html. Developed by the Division of Education-Rehabilitation Services at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. This tool steps PowerPoint au-thors through the process of converting PowerPoint presentations into accessible Web-based presentations.

  7. WAI Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group list of free and commercial evaluation and repair tools, at http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/existingtools.html. The list is frequently updated.

  8. UsableNet’s LIFT suite of software authoring tool extensions, at http://usablenet.com. Designed to allow authors to continue to use the design tools they prefer by providing additional functionality that prompts for compliance with guidelines and standards chosen by the author.


  

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