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- The Web Accessibility Checker from the Adaptive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) at the University of Toronto completes a quick scan of a single URL against the latest World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The resulting report provides a detailed listing of all accessibility problems with respect to WCAG. This free Web-based service replaces the ATRC's A-Prompt, a downloadable tool for which it will discontinue support in 2007.
- WebXACT, a free online Web compliance tool from Watchfire, also performs a scan of a single URL for a variety of quality, accessibility, and privacy issues based on WCAG recommendations or Section 508 regulations. Generated reports include a listing of broken and third party links as well as HTML line numbers for individual accessibility violations. Reports also indicate what additional information can be obtained through Watchfire's commercial Web site compliance product, WebXM.
While specific accessibility regulations may not apply to every organization, all can benefit from an improved Web site accessibility and usability. Investigate these free tools to determine some easy fixes.