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WAVE 3.0 Accessibility Tool


WAVE 3.0 Accessibility Tool

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This free Web page accessibility tool checks Web pages for ease of use by people with disabilities. Local files can be checked as well as published files.
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Date Added to MERLOT: June 09, 2004
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 05, 2011
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Submitter: Lynn Aaron


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Material Version: 3.0
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Avatar for Jean Wells
8 years ago

Jean Wells (Staff)

Wave is now at version 4.0. Features are much more user friendly and explanations are much easier to understand.

Avatar for Andrew Fyralf
9 years ago

Andrew Fyralf (Student)

So simple to use. I wouldn't depend on it exclusively, but it flags images without ALT tags, forms without correct labels and all those kinds of things. Check it out.

Avatar for Lynn Aaron
12 years ago

Lynn Aaron (Faculty)

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.