Evaluating Cognitive Web Accessibility with WAVE

WAVE Web Accessibility Tool


WAVE is a web accessibility tool that can greatly assist in the evaluation of web content. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page. …

WAVE, like any other automated tool, cannot tell you if your page is accessible, but it can help in human evaluation of web accessibility. …

The following checklist outlines things you can do to evaluate and improve cognitive web accessibility. This checklist is broken into general areas of cognitive accessibility. Many of the items listed are things that you must check for yourself on the page.

Cognitive Web Accessibility Checklist




Focus and Structure

Readability and Language

Orientation and Error Prevention/Recovery

Assistive Technology Compatibility

Users with cognitive or learning disabilities often use screen readers or other assistive technologies to access content through various senses or to modify content to be best perceivable to them. Users with other physical or sensory disabilities also have a higher prevalence of cognitive or learning disabilities. The vast majority of WAVE icons indicate assistive technology errors, alerts, or features. Below are particular items to be aware of when evaluating assistive technology support for users with cognitive disabilities.



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