Accessibility testing

by Joe Gillespie — Mar 1, 2002

Last month, I gave some links for validating your HTML. Here are some links to help test the accessibility of your pages.

Bobby checks the accessibility of your pages for people with disabilities. For certain kinds of sites including many governmental and educational ones, this is mandatory, not just optional. has lots of links and resources to accessibility information and they also have an Accessibility Monitor that will check up to five URLs for you for free.

It's not really possible to discuss 'accessibility' without a nod in the direction of its arch-advocate, Jakob Nielsen.

Nielsen's site contains a lot of good information, although I know many designers who think he is a bit extreme in his views. His site frequently analyses other major sites for their accessibility, or lack of it. Where I would agree with most of what he says, there is also a broader picture.

Accessibility IS a very important factor to be considered when designing a website - but it's not the only one. Digg Technorati Blinklist Furl reddit Design Float