Tools & Validation


What are Tools & Validation?

Tools and validation are essential components of the accessibility process, helping designers and developers to ensure that their digital products and services meet accessibility standards and guidelines.

Here are some examples of tools and validation methods used in accessibility:

  1. Automated accessibility testing tools: These tools can scan websites and applications to identify potential accessibility issues, such as missing alternative text for images, insufficient colour contrast, and non-descriptive link text. Examples of automated accessibility testing tools include WAVE, Axe, and Lighthouse.
  2. Manual accessibility testing: While automated testing tools can identify many accessibility issues, manual testing is often necessary to catch more complex or nuanced issues. Manual testing may involve using assistive technologies such as screen readers, keyboard-only navigation, and voice recognition software.
  3. Accessibility checklists: These checklists provide a list of accessibility requirements and guidelines to follow during the design and development process. Examples include the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Accessibility Guidelines for Mobile Apps.
  4. User testing with people with disabilities: One of the most effective ways to validate the accessibility of digital products is to conduct user testing with people who have disabilities. This can help identify issues that may not have been caught by automated or manual testing.

By using these tools and validation methods, designers and developers can ensure that their digital products and services are accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. This can help create a more inclusive and equitable online experience for everyone.