Digital Accessibility Resources

Resources to test the accessibility of various technology platforms.

Anyone who works or writes for the web should be testing the accessibility of their online presence prior to publishing. In order to help build accessibility into your web design and publishing business process, consider the below recommended resources when looking for ways to make your content more accessible.

Websites and Webpages

The following tools are just a few free tools available to those conducting automated accessibility testing on websites. More tools, training, and recommendations will be made available starting in the Fall semester. 

WAVE Web Accessibility Tool

The WAVE Web Accessibility Tool by WebAIM is a free tool that allows the user to conduct free website and web app page accessibility testing as well as identifying contrast accessibility barriers in a low effort way. This tool allows users to test via any browser or add an extension to the Chrome or Firefox browser. 

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE)

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 2.0 by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a fast and low effort tool for conducting automated accessibility testing by crawling multiple or all pages of a website. This tool also has an optional Firefox extension called AInspector.  

AXE: The Accessibility Engine for Developers 

Axe: The Accessibility Engine for Developers by Deque is a free accessibility testing tool that allows developers to run a Chrome or Firefox extension. There is also a testing app for Android currently available, and an iOS app coming soon. 

 


Media Transcription and Captioning

This document explains how University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Technical College System users can access captioning services.

Media Transcription and Captioning – Contract Vendor Comparison 

A functional service comparison tool showing service details and cost differences for 3PLAY Media and Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) captioning services.

Media Transcription and Captioning (including live captioning or CART) Resources – McBurney Disability Resource Center 

Captioning and transcription service offerings for instructors provided by the McBurney Disability Resource Center for student educational needs and classroom-related materials. 



Creating Accessible PDFs

Below are quick guides to create accessible PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Adobe Acrobat X Pro Accessibility Guide

Adobe provides Acrobat Help / Create and verify PDF accessibility (Acrobat Pro DC) and best practices for PDF Accessibility. When creating accessible content in vendor products, refer to vendor documentation first for how to make the content accessible.

Accessibility tips for PDF files without images

Tips on how to make PDFs accessible when no images exist. 

Accessibility tips for PDF files that contain images

Tips on how to make content with images accessible in a PDF. 

Accessibility tips for PDF files that contain a custom design

Tips on how to make PDFs accessible when the content includes graphics and design elements.



Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a leader in accessibility however, content creators must format their documents semantically to create accessible content. See best practices and tips for doing this below.

Creating Accessible Word Documents

This article offers guidance on ways to create Microsoft Word documents to make them more accessible to users with disabilities. 

Creating Accessible Excel Documents

This article offers guidance on ways that Microsoft Excel workbooks can be created in a way to make them more accessible.  

Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

This article offers guidance on ways to create Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to make them more accessible to users with disabilities.



Mobile Applications

Creating Accessible Mobile Apps

This is a summary of existing and developing resources related to mobile web accessibility on the W3C website.

Creating Accessible Apps for Android OS

This is a summary of steps you should take to optimize the accessibility of your application for an Android OS experience.

Creating Accessible Apps for iOS

This article offers guidance on for creating accessible iOS apps as well as a list of accessibility resources offered by Apple.




JavaScript

SkipTo.js - This script is a replacement for your old classic “Skip To Main” link. the SkipTo.js script creates a drop-down menu consisting of the links to the important places on a given web page. Download and Installation SkipTo.js.

Bootstrap Accessibility Plug-in - This plugin adds accessibility features to Bootstrap 3 to support keyboard-only and screen reader users. The plugin does not affect the visual layout or performance of your website. Download and Installation Bootstrap Accessibility Plug-in.

Accessible Carousel

Check out this example of an accessible Carousel using Bootstrap accessibility plug-in.



Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

For assistance please contact Sandi Arendalkowski, Accessibility Lead in the Center for Digital Accessibility & User Experience at sandi.arendalkowski@wisc.edu.