October 7-10, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Session Details

Open Source Tools for Inspecting and Evaluating Web Sites for WCAG 2.0 Compliance

#UAD56 Usability, Accessibility and Design Track

102 C, Frontier Airlines Center


Dynamic content and HTML5 technologies are rapidly become a standard part of web design and many current accessibility evaluation tools cannot analyze dynamic content. This session will provide an overview of the open source Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 for Firefox and Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 that use the OpenAjax accessibility evaluation library to analyze dynamically generated content. The OpenAjax rule sets and rules are organized based on the Principles, Guidelines and Success Criteria of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. The tools provide the capability to generate WCAG 2.0 compliance reports. The Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 for Firefox is designed to inspect the accessibility of a web page and highlight accessibility features and problems. The Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 is designed as an auditing tool to evaluate an entire website for compliance to WCAG 2.0 success criteria. The OpenAjax rule set and rules will also be presented and information will be presented on how people can customize rules to validate the accessibility features of their own designs. The session will encourage participation by using the websites of participants to illustrate the accessibility inspection and evaluation capabilities of the Open Source evaluation tools. The session will include: 1. Demonstration of Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 for Firefox 2. Demonstration of Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 3. Organization of OpenAjax rule sets and rules 4. Preferences and how to customize rules.


Jon Gunderson
Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois

Dr. Gunderson is the Coordinator Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois. At Illinois he is responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students, faculty and staff with disabilities at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign . He is the chair of the OpenAjax Accessibility Task Force and a member of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group work on the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility. He leads the development of the Accessibility Evaluator for Firefox and the Illinois Functional Web Accessibility Evaluator Tool using the OpenAjax accessibility evaluation library and rule set.