Step 1: Add Your Site to Siteimprove
The evaluation tool will scan your site, create a cached version, and generate a priority list of web pages that need the most attention.
If your site is protected/secure, Siteimprove will not crawl its pages; the service is setup for public sites only. However, the Siteimprove CMS Plug-In for Google Chrome (a Firefox version is currently in development) will allow you to evaluate your protected/secure site using a page-by-page approach, rather than a complete site scan). The plug-in version does not flag HTML validation errors, PDFs, or other media. Use other available tools to aid in these areas.
Step 2: Manual Testing
Once Siteimprove identifies your site’s priority pages, these pages–at a minimum–should be the focus of your manual testing. In addition, we suggest testing your home page and any other pages that require user interaction with content.
Manual testing resources include:
- Screen Reader Testing
- On a Mac, use VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reading utility.
- On a PC, use JAWS (Job Access With Speech) or NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access).
- Manual Keyboard Navigation and Shortcuts Testing
- Disconnect your mouse and use only the keyboard to navigate your website.
- Color Contrast Analyzer
- Use NoCoffee Vision Simulator (or similar tools).
- Additional Areas to Review Manually
- Set your site to disable all images, and examine how the content changes.
- To comply with robust testability requirements, your site should be checked for HTML and CSS errors, along with making sure it’s responsive when viewed on different devices. In general, accessibility-compliant sites are user friendly and optimized for SEO.
For more information on web accessibility testing, please refer to WebAIM.