Accessibility Evaluation Services
Experienced Accessibility Evaluators Review Your Website
Websites are evaluated by a minimum of 2 reviewers possessing expertise in and experience with the following:
- HTML validation programs.
- Section 508 Standards and Techniques for Compliance.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Techniques for Compliance.
- A variety of software tools designed to help evaluate website accessibility, including computer-based assistive technologies.
- Web design and development (including usability design principles).
Methods for Evaluating Accessibility
Conformance evaluation of web accessibility requires both the application of semi-automated tools and manual assessment by experienced reviewers. The review process is based on the W3C’s Conformance Evaluation method and includes reviewing samples of every type of representative page the site has to offer.
Pages are reviewed manually and with accessibility testing tools, both assistive and non-assistive technologies (for example, an evaluator walks through user tasks using only NVDA and the keyboard).
Sites are tested for Section 508 Compliance and WCAG Conformance Level “AAA” (i.e., to see whether all Priority 1, 2, and 3 checkpoints have been satisfied). Additional information on the evaluation process is available at the Web Accessibility Initiative site (a branch of the World Wide Web Consortium) at: Evaluating Web Sites for Accessibility.
Software Tools Used in Our Accessibility Evaluations (all links are to external sites):
- HTML Validation Service
- Measure Text Readability from Readability Score
- Vision Australia
- AChecker Web Accessibility Checker
Accessibility Evaluation Training
CUDA provides free accessibility evaluation training materials and tutorials for evaluating eTextboooks using both assistive and non-assistive technologies. The tutorials cover evaluation of eTextbooks in HTML, PDF, and EPUB formats. Click here to access the accessibility evaluation training materials and tutorials used by CUDA.