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ASU Web Accessibility Audit

What this tool does

Automated accessibility tests capture less than 25% of accessibility issues. This tool walks you step-by-step through a more robust manual evaluation of a single webpage. Answer the questions and submit the form to generate an accessibility report for your page. The report will include suggestions for fixing any accessibility issues found and can be saved as a PDF.

A report with no failed items indicates your webpage is accessible and compliant with the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A and AA, the standard for web accessibility. You should retest your site once a year or more, depending on how often content changes.

How to use this tool

  • The tool will tell you how to perform simple tests to answer each question. No knowledge of HTML or programming is necessary. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete the audit.
  • To save an incomplete audit and to retrieve past audit reports, sign in with your ASURITE. (You do not need to sign in to complete the audit in one sitting and generate a one-time report.)

Learn more about the ASU Web Accessibility.

Step 1. Download Chrome Extensions

The audit requires the Chrome browser and two Chrome extensions. If you already have Chrome installed, switch to it now and re-open this page in Chrome. If not, download Chrome (opens in a new window).

Once you are viewing this page in Chrome, click on each of the links below. A new window will open. Click the blue Add to Chrome button to install the extensions. 

 The extensions will add two new buttons to your Chrome toolbar that look like this: Tota11y and Siteimprove buttons

Step 2. Decide What to Evaluate

You don't need to test every page on your site. However, you should audit: 

  • The homepage
  • A representative page from each section that has a unique layout
  • Pages that receive a lot of traffic
  • Pages with unique elements or functionality, such as:
    • Forms
    • Tables
    • Frames
    • Tabs or accordions
    • Slideshows, carousels or other interactive features
    • Video or podcasts
    • Many images

You will evaluate one page at a time with this tool.

Step 3. Audit a Web Page

  1. Make sure you are using Chrome and have downloaded the Chrome extensions.
  2. Open the webpage you want to audit in a separate tab. If you're logged in to your test site, log out now.
  3. To answer an audit question:
    • Follow the steps under "How to Test" then select "Pass" or "Fail" in the Results dropdown.
    • Note any specifics in the "Observations" field.
    • You can answer questions in any order.
    • You can skip questions that don't apply to your webpage (e.g., if your page does not have a form, skip the questions about forms).
  4. When you've answered all relevant questions, click the Create Report button to generate an ASU Web Accessibility Audit Report.

If you are signed in on this audit site, you can Save As Draft and return to finish the audit later. You can also retrieve your previous audit reports.

Optional

Provide if you'd like your name on the report as the creator.

1. Page <title> Meta Tag
1.1 Does the page have a unique and descriptive <title>?
2. Headings
2.1 Does the page have an H1 heading?
2.2 Do all headings (and only headings) have heading tags, and are headings in the correct hierarchical order?
3. Images
3.1 Do all images have an ALT tag?
4. Video
4.1 Do all videos have closed captions?
5. Keyboard-Only Access
5.1 Is a skip-to-content link the first thing you tab to on the page?
5.2 Can you use the keyboard alone to navigate all interactive items?
6. Forms
6.1 Does every form field have a label?
6.2 Are instructions located above the form or field they relate to?
6.3 Are error messages helpful and is it clear which field they refer to?
7. Links
7.1 Are links clear, descriptive, and unique?
8. Color & Contrast
8.1 Are sensory cues alone used to convey meaning on the page?
8.2 Is the color contrast sufficient?
9. Text Magnification
9.1 When the page is zoomed to 200%, is all content still usable?
Bonus: Autogenerated audit
Create a quick Siteimprove report to supplement your manual audit.

Step 4. Reports

Please sign in to view your previous audit reports.