Automated testing tools

Introduction

Automated testing tools are useful in assisting content managers and web developers with the identification of accessibility issues and errors of a website.

These tools are able to perform ‘machine-operable’ testing only, and should be used as a companion alongside human site review and testing.

The following testing tool information is provided as a guide only and is not an exhaustive list.

Recommended tools

The following testing tools are recommended as the most suitable, based on volume of pages being tested:

ToolVolume of pagesType of tool
Web Developer ToolbarSingle pages.Free browser extension for Firefox or Chrome.
WAVESingle pages or small section of pages.Free online tool – can be used online or download the toolbar.
OzArtLarge section of pages or entire website.Online reporting tool – produces error category specific reports, reduces time spent manually inspecting single web pages.

NB: In some instances only one tool may be suitable regardless of the volume of pages to be tested. In addition, if no tool is suitable a manual site review will be required.

Testing images with the Web Developer Toolbar

The following IMG references are requirements from the Checklist.

Automatic
  • IMG_A1
 
Manual required
  • IMG_A2
  • IMG_A3
  • IMG_A4
  • IMG_A5
  • IMG_A6
  • IMG_A7
  • IMG_A8
  • IMG_A9
  • IMG_A10
  • IMG_A11
  • IMG_A12
  • IMG_A13
  • IMG_A14
  • IMG_A15
  • IMG_A16
  • IMG_A17
  • IMG_A18iii
 
Not assessed
  • IMG_A15
  • IMG_A18i, ii, iv, v
  • IMG_A19
  • IMG_A20
  • IMG_A21
  • IMG_A22
  • IMG_AA1
  • IMG_AA2

Testing images with WAVE

The following IMG references are requirements from the Checklist.

Automatic
  • IMG_A1
  • IMG_A17
  • IMG_A18v
  • IMG_A19
  • IMG_A20
 
Manual required
  • IMG_A2*
  • IMG_A3*
  • IMG_A4*
  • IMG_A5
  • IMG_A6
  • IMG_A7
  • IMG_A8*
  • IMG_A9*
  • IMG_A10*
  • IMG_A11
  • IMG_A12
  • IMG_A13
  • IMG_A14*
  • IMG_A16
  • IMG_A18ii, iii
 
Not assessed
  • IMG_A15
  • IMG_A18i, iv
  • IMG_A20
  • IMG_A21
  • IMG_AA1
  • IMG_AA2

* WAVE does provide some indication of potential failures of this requirement

Testing images with OzART

The following IMG references are requirements from the Checklist.

Automatic
  • IMG_A1
  • IMG_A3
  • IMG_A7
  • IMG_A8
  • IMG_A12
  • IMG_A17
  • IMG_A18v
  • IMG_A19
 
Manual required
  • IMG_A2*
  • IMG_A4
  • IMG_A5
  • IMG_A6
  • IMG_A9*
  • IMG_A10*
  • IMG_A11*
  • IMG_A13*
  • IMG_A16
  • IMG_A18iii
  • IMG_A20
 
Not assessed
  • IMG_A14
  • IMG_A15
  • IMG_A18i, ii, iv
  • IMG_A21
  • IMG_A22
  • IMG_A23
  • IMG_AA1
  • IMG_AA2

* OzART does provide some indication of potential failures of this requirement