Currently, there are very few tools for testing the accessibility and usability of software applications. However, various accessibility and usability strategies and guidelines are available for evaluating a software application. For the purpose of this website, I will use (Table 1: a software accessibility and usability check-list) from Web2Access.org.uk, which is a JISC-funded project. Moreover, I will use a tool for desktop applications that is "Application Accessibility Evaluator" from Virtual508.com.
|16||Built in accessibility checks|
|17||Application works with External Assistive Technologies|
|18||Text or other alternatives for image elements.|
|19||Keyboard / Alternative input with focus|
|20||Labels for objects, fields or controls|
|21||Audio alerts have visual cues|
|22||Alternatives for Video/Animation|
|23||Media events offer user control|
|24||Textual Information for screen reader|
|25||Keyboard shortcut keys offered|
|26||Save user preferences for style and zoom|
|27||Timed events can be altered|
|28||Change colours and contrast|
|29||Uniform and standardised presentation|
Table 1: Software application Check-list and test for usability and accessibility from Web2Access.org.uk.
There are many tools are offered for testing the accessibility and usability of web sites (see a list of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools from W3C). For the purpose of this website, I will use Functional Accessibility Evaluator 1.0.3 (FAE) that is provided by University of Illinois , WAVE tool provided by WebAIM and SortSite form Electrum Company for evaluating accessibility and usability of the two web 2.0 applications. In addition, I will use SortSite and W3C tools (Markup Validator and CSS Validator) for evaluating web designing to standards. Moreover, to check accessibility and usability for blind and low vision users I will use aDesigner desktop tool. Finally, SortSite and BrowserCam tools will evaluate browser and operating system compatibility of the applications.