Web Accessibility Toolbar

By Web Accessibility Tools Consortium Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

Don't be fooled by this toolbar's commonplace appearance; it comes jam-packed with invaluable resources for Web designers looking to ensure that their pages are accessible to those with disabilities.

Web Accessibility Toolbar's button-rich interface appears like any other toolbar in your browser window. Each button on the bar reveals a host of links to help a Web developer design an accessible Web page. The Validate button revealed links to verify a page's URLs using third-party tools. The Structure button allowed us to view specific content such as headings and frame borders. With the click of a button, you can manipulate a Web page's color scheme, text size, screen size--the list goes on and on. But what makes this toolbar so special are the simulation features, which allow the user to view a page as someone with a visual impairment such as glaucoma or macular degeneration would see it.

Though we encountered a minor stability issue that caused our IE to stop working, it didn't prevent us from appreciating all this toolbar has to offer. We highly recommend this toolbar for anyone interested in designing Web pages suitable for viewing by any Web surfer.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2

Version 2 features: compatible with IE 7 and Vista; all functions (except third party) no longer rely upon external scripts; most functions now work when javascript is disabled.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added December 10, 2007
Version 2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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Total Downloads 8,345
Downloads Last Week 6
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Developer's Description

Web Accessibility Toolbar is a tool for accessibility testers and Web developers, that helps to examine the structure, components and accessibility features of any given Web page. It installs as an Internet Explorer toolbar and offers several integrated tools to inspect style sheets, tables, frames, images, as well as a wide variety of tests and features that are provide by other Web sites, including link checks, HTML validation, page download speed, color simulations, page resolutions.

Version 2 features: compatible with IE 7 and Vista; all functions (except third party) no longer rely upon external scripts; most functions now work when javascript is disabled.

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