Using 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 keyboard with the Web Developer Toolbar

The following KYB references are requirements from the Checklist.

Automatic
  • KYB_A4ii
  • KYB_A5i
 
Manual required
  • KYB_A2ii
  • KYB_A2iii
 
Not assessed
  • KYB_AA1
  • KYB_A1
  • KYB_A2i
  • KYB_A3
  • KYB_A4i
  • KYB_A5ii
  • KYB_A6

Testing keyboard with WAVE

The following KYB references are requirements from the Checklist.

Automatic
  • KYB_A4ii
  • KYB_A5i
 
Manual required
  • KYB_AA1
 
Not assessed
  • KYB_A1
  • KYB_A2i
  • KYB_A2ii
  • KYB_A2iii
  • KYB_A3
  • KYB_A4i
  • KYB_A5ii
  • KYB_A6

Testing keyboard with OzART

The following KYB references are requirements from the Checklist.

Automatic
  • KYB_A4ii
  • KYB_A5i
 
Manual required
  • KYB_A2ii
  • KYB_A2iii
  • KYB_A6
 
Not assessed
  • *KYB_A1
  • *KYB_A2i
  • *KYB_A3
  • *KYB_A4i
  • *KYB_A5ii
  • *KYB_AA1

* OzART does provides the location of site features that require manual testing