WAVE5 beta packed with powerful evaluation tools
By Sue Reeves
Want to check the weather, get the latest headlines or stump your friends with an obscure bit of trivia? For most people, finding that information is as easy as pulling up their favorite web browser.
For people with disabilities, however, surfing the Web can result in the online equivalent of a riptide or wipeout. Even assistive technology such as screen readers won’t help if the building blocks of a website—its HTML code—are not accessible.
To help web developers and designers create content that’s available to everyone, Web Accessibility In Mind, (WebAIM) at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities has developed a free web site evaluation tool called WAVE.
Users simply type in a URL, upload a file or paste in a piece of HTML code, and WAVE processes the code and looks for access or compliance issues. Users can also download a free toolbar within the Firefox web browser.
Learn more about WAVE on our website.