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Accessibility Validation

Web pages can not be made compliant automatically. You must manually inspect and address accessibility issues. Accessibility validation tools can help you test your Web site for compliance against the WCAG or Section 508 standards, but are limited in what they can do. However, the tools can answer questions such as:

  • Is the alt attribute technically valid for each image?
  • Does each frame have a name?
  • Do form elements have labels associated with them?
  • Does the page use a server-side map?
  • Do tables have column and row headers?

Since audit software can not figure out what you meant to do or ought to have done, these tools require human evaluation by people who understand accessibility. Remember that just because your Web site passed the automated validator, it does not mean that it is accessible or usable by people who are disabled. In order to be truly accessible an understanding of how adaptive technology interprets the HTML is required!