Testing toolkit

Use these resources to gain a better understanding of why accessibility is important, how to take an inclusive approach to content and how to test for accessibility.

Inclusive design resources

Microsoft Inclusive Design Toolkit (https://www.microsoft.com/design/inclusive/)
Learning about inclusive design.

Inclusive Design Research Centre (http://idrc.ocadu.ca/)
An international community of inclusive designers, developers and advocates.

Testing accessibility

Colour contrast

Colour Contrast Analyser (http://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/contrast- analyser.html)
Download tool to check legibility and contrast.


WAVE browser plugin tool (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/wave- evaluation-tool/jbbplnpkjmmeebjpijfedlgcdilocofh)
For Chrome – shows ARIA errors and other accessibility errors.

Assistive technology

People with accessibility needs may use assistive technology to access content. Testing your content with these technologies is the most accurate way of making sure it’s accessible.

Screen readers

NVDA (http://www.nvaccess.org/download/)
Free screen reader available for download (request IT support to install).

Device personalisation

Android accessibility features (https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6006564?hl=en)

Apple accessibility features (http://www.apple.com/au/accessibility/)

Windows accessibility features (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Accessibility)

Inclusive writing

Use these resources to help optimise your content in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, websites or any text publishing platform.


W3C Tips on writing for web accessibility (http://www.w3.org/WAI/gettingstarted/tips/writing.html)
Comprehensive guide to web writing accessibility

Microsoft Office

Creating accessible Word documents (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/make-your-word-documents-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-d9bf3683-87ac-47ea-b91a-78dcacb3c66d)

Creating accessible PowerPoints (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Make- your-PowerPoint-presentations-accessible-6f7772b2-2f33-4bd2-8ca7-dae3b2b3ef25)

Use the Accessibility Checker to find accessibility issues (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/use-the-accessibility-checker-to-find-accessibility-issues-a16f6de0-2f39-4a2b-8bd8-5ad801426c7f)

Document accessibility toolbar (https://www.visionaustralia.org/business-and- professionals/digital-access-consulting/resources/document-accessibility- toolbar#download)
A free download that adds accessibility features to your Microsoft Office ribbon.

Google docs

Make your Google content accessible (https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6199477?hl=en)

Inclusive data

Use these resources to optimise data for accessibility.

Creating accessible Excel workbooks (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Creating-accessible-Excel-workbooks-6cc05fc5-1314-48b5-8eb3- 683e49b3e593)
What to look out for in Excel and how to optimise workbooks for accessibility.

Accessible Math (http://diagramcenter.org/accessible-math-tools-tips-and- training.htm)
Resources and tools to make maths accessible.

Inclusive rich media (video, audio)

Use these resources for making rich and multimedia content like audio and video accessible.

Images and graphics

Diagrammar content model (http://diagramcenter.org/standards-and- practices/content-model.html)
A framework for making images and graphics accessible.

WebAIM Alternative Text (http://webaim.org/techniques/alttext/)
How to correctly use alternative text.


Video and transcription guidelines (https://www.digital.nsw.gov.au/digital-design-system/accessibility/documents-media)
How to ensure digital media meets accessability guidelines.

DIYCaptions (http://www.diycaptions.com)
YouTube automatic captions editor.

Synchrimedia MovieCaptioner (http://www.synchrimedia.com/)
Captioning software for PC/Mac desktop.

WebAIM Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions (http://webaim.org/techniques/captions/)
How to create videos accessibly.


Some companies offer content accessibility audits and can recreate content to comply with accessibility standards. This can be helpful if you have a lot of content to make accessible in a short period of time, however it won’t help build capacity and skills across your team.

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