Your website may look great on your computer, but what about on other devices? All browsers and devices are not created equal, and the experience that you have on your phone or tablet may be very different from that of someone with disabilities. Web accessibility widgets can help you verify that your site works well on mobile devices, search engines and in other situations that are important to your users with disabilities. These tools will also help you find errors that you might not know about, helping you improve the user experience for everyone. Here are some of the best web accessibility widgets you can use on your site today!
Why Use Web Accessibility Widgets?
It is important for a web-based site to be accessible and easy to navigate by people with various disabilities. For example, someone who uses a screen reader may not be able to follow along on a site that doesn’t have alt text descriptions on images or navigation links. A good way to ensure your site is accessible and navigable is by using web accessibility widgets, which include things like alt text descriptions and image-replacement techniques. Using these widgets will help make sure all users can enjoy your website without having to download anything. There are many free widgets available online if you need extra help—and there are also online tools that can create them for you.
What Are Commonly Used Web Accessibility Tools?
If a tool is commonly used, then it’s more likely to be supported by a wide range of browsers. Browser support matters because if you can’t use a certain tool, you won’t be able to validate your site using that tool. For example, there are many screen reader accessibility testing tools out there; however, not all screen readers support all of these tools. So it’s important to make sure your site is also tested with whatever popular browser(s) your target customers tend to use. Of course, if your target audience is people with disabilities who mostly use screen readers (or some other device), then it makes sense for you to test on that specific device. Commonly used accessibility testing tools include WAVE toolbar, Color Boxes, Web Developer Toolbar add-on, Apple’s Inspect Element in Safari and Chrome, NVDA Accessibility extension in Firefox/Chrome/Safari and JAWS in Internet Explorer or Firefox. Note: There’s also an excellent list available from Microsoft.
Where Can I Get Them?
While there are a number of free and open source web accessibility widgets that you can use to test your website’s accessibility, it is important to note that no accessibility solution is 100% perfect. What works for one site may not work for another, and what works with one browser may not work in another. Regardless of which options you choose to incorporate into your development process, it is imperative that you check with users with disabilities regularly. To make sure your site or app is truly accessible, always rely on user testing.