Features of the Web Accessibility Toolbar for Internet Explorer

The Web Accessibility Toolbar will appear under the row of Links in your Internet Explorer browser interface. If for some reason it does not appear, you can reveal it by selecting View > Toolbars > Web Accessibility Toolbar.
Web Accessibility toolbar

Below are details on the some of the most frequently-used menus of the toolbar:


The Validate menu gives you instant access to a number of code checkers, including W3C's validation tool. Select Check > W3C HTML Validator > Validate HTML [new window]
Toolbar Validate menu

Toolbar Resize menuResize

The Resize tool lets you see how your page will look on higher and lower screen resolutions. The most common screen resolutions are 800 X 600 and 1024 X 768, so it is good to test both. (e.g. select Resize > 800 X 600)


Toolbar CSS testSince people can and do set their browsers to ignore style sheets, you should make sure your page is comprehensible without them. Select CSS > Disable CSS to view your page without the style sheet. Click the Internet Explorer page Refresh button Refresh to restore normal view.

Toolbar Images menuImages

You can quickly check that all images have appropriate ALT text by selecting Images > Show Images. Alt text, or an "No alt!" alert will appear next to each image. Click the Internet Explorer page Refresh button Refresh to restore normal view.


If you are concerned about the perceivability of colors used in images on your page, after uploading the page (or previewing it in Contribute) select Colour > Visicheck colour blindess simulation. A new window will open; select the "Deuteranope simulation" link to see how your page would look to a color blind person.

Toolbar Structure menuStructure

Select Structure >

Doc Info

Select Doc Info > List links to view a table pairing linked words and phrases with the URLs they point to. This makes checking the accuracy and currency of links and linked text somewhat easier.

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Last Updated: 08-Jul-2010