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WAVE 3.0 Accessibility Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Lynn Aaron (Faculty), Sep 27, 2004
Comment: Wave 3.0 is a Web Accessibility tool. It provides feedback on Web pages
regarding several features-- all with the aim of maximizing the accessibility of
Web pages to people with all levels of ability -- visual, auditory, motor, and

To get the most out of WAVE, Students should be able to develop Web sites and
have good understanding of HTML, usability and accessibility. WAVE uses
color-coded icons to provides feedback about structure, content, usability, as
well as accessibility issues. There is a page of clear instructions explaining
the icons.

I teach Web development courses and have been trying out the tool. It is easy
to use and feedback is easy to understand. I have been using Bobby, another
accessibility tool, with my students. Students have difficulty interpreting the
results. WAVE's results appear to be much easier to understand, as well as
broader in scope.

Technical Remarks:

No special software is needed. It is well-designed. The instructions are
simple and the interface is clear.

Both local and uploaded Web pages can be submitted for evaluation. I had no
problems with either method.

Two other methods are available that make submission a click away -- a WAVE
toolbar and a WAVE bookmarklet. I have not used them yet.