How do I perform accessibility testing?

Once you have created an accessible website or document, it is essential that you test it to ensure that it is an accessible (and useable) document. There are several tools you can use to test the accessibility of your documents or web site, however, you should never depend upon "tool" testing alone. No tool exists that can adequately check all aspects of accessibility. Human testing must be a part of your process.

If you use Microsoft Office you can start with the Accessibility Checker tool that is built into Office beginning with the 2010 version. It is also recommended that you or someone in your work unit install a screen reader for use in accessibility testing. Even after using these tools (or others like them) you still need to use human reasoning to assess items such as font size, appropriate use of color, appropriate alternative text and finally whether or not the document actually makes logical sense.

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