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General Accessibility Evaluators | Format Conversions | Captioning Tools
Code Checkers | Screen Readers | Simulations | Other Methods of Making Content Accessible

General Accessibility Evaluators

See how well your web pages comply with the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative and/or Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 standards for web page accessibility. See also this website's Evaluating Accessibility page and the WebAIM Guide to Web Accessibilty website.

Watchfire WebXACT
WebXACT is a free online service that lets you test single pages of web content for quality, accessibility, and privacy issues.

A-Prompt (Accessibility Prompt) Toolkit
A-Prompt is a free web accessibility verifier that also suggests and makes repairs to web pages.

Format Conversions

Change your non-HTML-format web pages into formats that screen readers can handle.

Adobe PDF Documents Converters
These online tools convert PDF documents into either HTML or ASCII text, which can then be read by a number of common screen reader programs. These tools approximate the logical reading order of the text in an Adobe PDF document and reformat it into a single column of text.

Microsoft PowerPoint Slides
PowerPoint 2000 presentations that use only text and images are generally accessible.

Captioning Tools

Add captioning to multimedia files for users who are deaf or blind.

In order to make audio accessible, a transcription of the audio is necessary. If you want the text to scroll with the sound, use SMIL (RealPlayer) or SAMI (Windows Media Player).

In order to make video accessible, a transcription of the audio is needed first. The transcription then must be converted into captioning which will play simultaneously with the video clips. An additional recorded audio description of relative video content is also required.

Code Checkers

Well-written web page code is more likely to be accessible. See how well your web pages comply with HTML and CSS standards.

HTML Checkers:

W3C HTML Validation Service
Checks HTML documents for conformance to World Wide Web Consortium HTML and XHTML Recommendations and other HTML standards.

Cascading Style Sheet Checkers:

W3C CSS Validation Service
Checks for conformance with Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2 standards.

Screen Readers

Screen reader demos let you hear how your web pages will sound to users with visual disabilities.

JAWS Screen Reader, Version 7.0
The UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Disability Services has licensed a networked version of JAWS 7.0, our campus standard screen reader. Up to ten users on campus can authenticate simultaneously to use the application.

After downloading the program, to get your Windows system to properly authenticate, follow these steps:

In conjunction with the JAWS demo, see also: Accessible Elecronic Content: Instructions for Screen Readers.


Gain some understanding of how users with disabilities might experience your web pages.

Low Vision Disability Simulation
This simulation provides and opportunity for users to experience a web page as someone with a visual impairment might see it. Visual impairments simulated include: macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Color Blindness Simulation
Vischeck is a way of showing you what things look like to someone who is color blind. You can use it on a single image or on a web page. You can also download programs to let you run it on your own computer.

Cognitive Disability Simulation
This is not a true simulation of a cognitive disability. Rather, it is a simulation of the effects of cognitive disabilities.

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