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Quick Web Accessibility Checker

April 1st, 2008 by Erick Beck

I’m passing this along for anybody not on the national University Web Developers uwebd mailing list. A question was recently asked about what others are using to check the web accessibility of their pages. One of the responses was Total Validator. I tried the site and was reasonably impressed with what it could do in terms of checking 508 compliance and the various levels of W3C accessibility. I also saw that it checks links and even spelling too and thought “this is cool.”

Then I found the Firefox extension and now life is bliss. Once I saved all my validation configurations — the same options you have available on the website — I can view a page in the browser window, right-click and validate on the fly. True, there isn’t a mass validation feature that lets you spider a whole site and spit back a report, but most webmasters are going to be validating pages one-at-a-time as they create them anyway and this appears to be a great tool for doing so.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 Miscellaneous
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