This tool evaluates Web pages for accessibility issues. We recommend their browser plugin.
The WAVE assessment is the standard by which UB is currently measured for compliance.
The WAVE tool can be run from the WebAIM.org website, or installed locally on your Chrome or Firefox browser. The online tool can be used in some cases if the plugin cannot be installed, but will not work with:
Thus we recommend running the tool locally. You can install the WAVE Chrome or Firefox plugin from the WebAIM website. Click 'Add to' button and agree to any prompts.
It is easier to check a live Web page, than it is to check a page that is in Author. These steps assume you have installed the WAVE plugin.
Follow these steps if the page is not published, perhaps as a pre-launch check, or if you wish to remediate some of the errors and retest. It is recommended to test sites that are us ethe new brand, or to use the Brand Preview tool for old-brand sites. These steps assume you have installed the WAVE plugin.
Note: Clicks to other pages in this mode will load in author mode with the sidekick, but will not bring back the content finder. If you want it back, start again from the list of sites/pages, or add "/cf#" back to the URL.
Many improvements have been made to UBCMS templates and system-wide components that are only enabled in new-brand mode. The WAVE tool will report many errors and alerts on old-brand pages that an author has no control over or ability to fix. These issues will be fixed immediately site-wide when new brand mode is switched on for the site, but other accessibility issues in the page content that are the author's responsibility may remain. It can be hard to tell these issues apart
One way to try to tell these issues apart is to check accessibility using the Brand Preview Tool in Author, whether or not your site is in-progress on its new-brand transition.
Shared content can be checked wherever it is published in a normal page (both teasers and full-content host mode pages). Shared content can also be checked in Author using the method above. In Author, it should be viewed/checked with the new brand preview turned on or else there will be several system-wide errors/alerts shown that are out of the author's control.
The WAVE report opens on the left side of your page.
The initial Summary tab (clipboard icon) shows:
The Details tab (Flag icon) provides the specifics of each error. Click each error message to highlight it on your page. Click "i" to see a description of how to evaluate and correct each item, but also see our recommended solution below.
Some items may not be readily visible on the page, but still need to be found and evaluated. Examples include:
Below is a list of the messages you may encounter.
Links should make sense out of context. Links that say only "read more" or "click here" cannot be distinguished if assembled into a standalone list or outline by a screen reader or other accessibility device. Edit the text of short links to be clearer, like "See more News", or expand the linked text to include more context.
Read more about screen readers and links:
Most instances of this alerts should be fixed.
If you cannot resolve an error, please contact the DCT Help Desk.