Tools of the TradeIn a different article, I outline the basics foundations of accessibility standards: “Understanding s508 & WCAG 2.0“. To further expand this, let’s look at various development tools to help author accessible content conformant to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) 2.0 standards.
For a primer or refresher on what the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) is review the W3 Org website and its associated entries on this subject at https://www.w3.org/WAI/.
Checkers and Tools
W3 Org offers a great list of available tools for developers to use when checking content for accessibility conformance at https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/. Various filters can be applied to this list, in order to narrow-down best options. For this article, I applied the following filters:
- Guidelines > WCAG 2.0 – W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
- Languages > English
- License > Free and License > Open Source
From the filtered-list, I chose to explore the following tools/checkers: