Equalize Digital Accessibility Checker – Audit Your Website for WCAG, ADA, and Section 508 Accessibility Errors

Description

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Make Your Website Accessible with Accessibility Checker

Equalize Digital’s Accessibility Checker provides accessibility error and warning notifications right on your post and/or page edit screen.

Accessibility Checker automatically scans your content each time you save a draft or hit publish, giving you real-time feedback on your post’s or page’s accessibility. Receive a visual overview of how your content stacks up against more than 40 different accessibility checks created to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 success criteria.

For each error or warning flagged, Accessibility Checker lists the code that triggered the error or warning. Each item is identified as an error or warning depending upon its severity, so that you can prioritize your fixes. Thorough documentation is available to guide you on how to fix accessibility problems on your website and personalized accessibility remediation assistance and accessibility consulting is available if desired.

Ensure Ongoing ADA, Section 508, AODA, & WCAG Compliance

For already accessible websites, Accessibility Checker is an excellent tool for ensuring ongoing compliance and accessibility.

The in-page tests help content managers and contributors confirm they have entered their content in an accessible manner. There’s no need to be an accessibility expert or memorize long lists of WCAG success criteria – Accessibility Checker provides an easy to understand accessibility checklist and reading level checks so that you can ensure you’re not adding accessibility problems as new content is added.

Content area scans are visible on each post’s or page’s edit screen as you type – no need to go elsewhere on your site to view results or visit a third-party website. These scans allow your team to create accessibile websites from the start, reducing the need for costly retroactive remediation.

A Vital Part of Your WordPress Accessibility Strategy

Accessibility Checker is the best automated tool to run along with your manual accessibility tests. It’s perfect for small business websites, large enterprise organizations, and everything in between. Whether you’re running a small brochure website, an eCommerce store with thousands of products, or a multi-site network for a university, Accessibility Checker is the right tool for your website.

  • No limits on pages scanned. Have hundreds of blog posts or pages on your website? No problem!
  • Coded and tested by accessibility experts. Equalize Digital is a corporate member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and experts at building accessible WordPress websites.
  • WCAG 2.1 A, AA, & AAA guidance. Flags errors and warnings for accessibility problems according to WCAG 2.1.
  • Readability analysis & auto insertion of simplified summary. Includes a Flesch Kincaid grade level analysis and place to enter a simplified summary to meet WCAG Success Criterion 3.1.5 Reading Level.
  • Ignore feature. Easily close errors or warnings that have been assessed manually and determined to be not relevant. Optionally, document a reason/notes with each ignore. Logs username and date/time when errors/warnings are ignored.
  • Accessibility statement. Draft accessibility statement that you can modify for your organization and publish on your website to share your accessibility efforts with the public.
  • Footer accessibility statement. One-click to insert an accessibility statement in your footer.
  • Detailed documentation. Thorough help articles and instructions for fixing problems – the perfect resource for learning more about accessibility.
  • [Pro] Bulk scanning. Scan all posts and pages in bulk rather than one-by-one for an overview of your entire site’s accessibility.
  • [Pro] Scan additional post types. Add the Accessibility Checker in-post accessibility audit to any post type present on your website.
  • [Pro] Admin columns. Quickly seeing the accessibility status of posts and pages at a glance by adding accessibility status columns.
  • [Pro] Centralized Open Issues list. See all existing issues in one place for fast-track accessibility remediation.
  • [Pro] Ignore Log. See all items that have been ignored on the website, by whom, and when, in one central place. Reopen errors or warnings that have been incorrectly ignored.
  • [Pro] User restrictions on Ignore. Limit which user roles can ignore errors and warnings – allows for greater admin control and management of accessibility review.
  • [Pro] Rename Simplified Summary. Rename the simplified summary heading to something that makes more sense for your audience and brand.

How It Works

To get started with Accessibility Checker Pro or learn more about how it works, plese reference our Getting Started Quick Guide or watch this video showing the settings page and how to test your posts and pages with Accessibility Checker.

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Our Support Team is Here to Help You

The Equalize Digital team aims to provide regular support for Accessibility Checker on the WordPress.org forums. If you have a question about the plugin or its use, please post in the support forum, and we will do our best to help you in a timely manner. Our support hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM U.S. central time. Please understand that we do prioritize support for purchasers of Accessibility Checker Pro or our Priority Support Packages.

If you need one-on-one email support, please consider purchasing Accessibility Checker Pro. Accessibility Checker Pro customers receive unlimited personal support on plugin usage and features.

Join our WordPress Accessibility Facebook group for community support and to connect with other developers, designers, and content creators who are working to make their websites more accessible. This is a great place to get free WP accessibility remediation assistance from others in the community.

For organizations needing more one-on-one assistance in resolving accessibility problems, we offer Priority Support Packages that include phone and Zoom video support, as well as assistance with accessibility/screen reader testing and custom coding. Priority Support Packages are perfect for agencies, freelancers, and website managers who want an accessibility expert on-call to provide consultation and assistance as they remediate their website’s accessibility. Learn More About Priority Support

Multi-platform Accessibility

Accessibility Checker supports a variety of WordPress editors and can scan and identify issues no matter how you’re building your site. Accessibility Checker has been tested and confirmed compatible with:

  • Gutenberg Block Editor
  • The Classic Editor
  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • Beaver Builder
  • Divi
  • Elementor
  • Oxygen
  • [Pro] WooCommerce

Learn Accessibility

Want to learn more about accessibility and stay on-top of accessibility best practices? Attend an official WordPress Accessibility Meetup!

These free virtual meetups are held twice per month via Zoom and are live captioned. Learn more about WP Accessibility Meetup

About Us

Equalize Digital is a Certified B Corporation, WordPress VIP Agency Partner, and corporate member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), striving to create a world where all people have equal access to products and tools on web, regardless of ability. Our team has been building custom WordPress websites, themes, and plugins since 2010 and working on government, higher ed, and enterprise websites since 2016. We created Accessibility Checker after hearing from our clients about the challenges that they face in maintating accessibility on their websites. We’re continually working to improve Accessibility Checker and are proud to give back to the WordPress community through education and support.

Screenshots

  • Accessibility Checker Summary tab on a page with numerous errors and warnings.
  • Accessibility Checker Details tab showing errors, warnings, and passed checks.
  • Expanded error example 'Image Empty Alternative Text' showing the code for 7 items that caused the error to be flagged.
  • Ignore comment box and button to ignore the error.
  • Example of an ignored error, including the username and date/time the error was ignored. Ignored errors and warnings can be reopened if ignored incorrectly.
  • Accessibility Checker Readability Tab checks the grade level of the content and allows for the insertion of a simplified summary to meet WCAG AAA accessibility.
  • Accessibility Checker Summary tab on a page with no accessibility error or warnings and an included simplified summary.

Installation

Getting started with Accessibility Checker is as easy as installing and activating the plugin, then configuring a few basic settings.

Installing Accessibility Checker Within WordPress

  1. Visit the plugins page within your dashboard and select ‘Add New’.
  2. Search for ‘Accessibility Checker’;
  3. On the Accessibility Checker plugin, click or activate the ‘Install’ button.
  4. Activate Accessibility Checker from your Plugins page.
  5. Follow the ‘after activation’ steps listed below.

Installing Accessibility Checker Manually

1.Upload the unzipped ‘accessibility-checker’ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory on your website via FTP.
2. Activate Accessibility Checker from your Plugins page.
3. Follow the ‘after activation’ steps listed below.

After Activation

After activating the plugin, go to the Accessibility Checker settings page in your WordPress admin (found at ‘/wp-admin/admin.php?page=accessibility_checker_settings’) to configure the plugin settings.

Current settings in the free plugin include:
* Ability to control when the plugin prompts for a Simplified Summary.
* Ability to set the position of the Simplified Summary, if using, above or below content or manually with a function in a page template.
* Ability to turn off Accessibility Checker for posts or pages as desired.
* Set a username and password to allow scanning functionality on password-protected sites.

FAQ

Does this plugin make my website accessible?

No. Despite what other plugins, integrations, or overlay products might tell you, there is NO way for any automated tool or plugin to ensure your website is fully accessible. True accessibility can only be achieved through a combination of automated scans and manual review, and if you read the ‘fine print’ for any of the accessibility overlays or plugins on the market, you’ll see that they do not guarantee your website will be accessible.

Accessibility Checker does not make your website accessible, but it is a valuable tool to help you make your website accessible, the right way.

Is this an accessibility overlay or tool bar like AccessiBe, Userway, AudioEye, etc.?

No. Accessibility Checker is a testing tool that scans for problems and presents reports in the admin dashboard. It does not “fix” problems or add any overlays, toolbars, or widgets to the front end of your website. It will not use JavaScript to modify how screen reader and other assistive technology users are able to engage with your website.

Accessibility Checker is the kind of accessibility tool that accessibility consultants and people with disability support – one that helps you identify issues so that you can make your website accessible the right way.

Does Accessibility Checker scan all of my content?

Accessibility Checker Free scans blog posts and pages, including the header, content area, sidebar, and footer on those pages. There is no limit to the number of pages or posts that you can scan with Accessibility Checker or the number of times any one page or post can be scanned. So, if your website only contains standard posts and pages, then YES, Accessibility Checker will scan all of your content. If you have custom post types (such as a portfolio, team member pages, or WooCommerce products), the free version of the plugin will not scan these posts.

For bulk full-site scanning or to check custom post types for accessibility, please upgrade to Accessibility Checker Pro.

How do I know how to fix accessibility problems on my website?

Every error and warning in Accessibility Checker has an ‘i’ icon to the right of the error or warning name on the details tab. If you click these ‘i’ icons, you’ll be directed to a help article that clearly explains what the error or warning is, what its impact on accessibility is, and how to fix or resolve it. Generally, these help articles will provide sufficient information to point you in the right direction, but if you still have questions, open a support ticket on WordPress.org and we’ll do our best to help you.

If you need detailed consultation or custom coding assistance, we offer Priority Support Packages. These packages include email, phone, and Zoom support and are ideal for individuals or teams who need more hands-on assistance in resolving accessibility problems on their website.

Can you help me fix accessibility problems on my website?

Yes! If you need detailed guidance in how to resolve the identified problems in your theme or plugins or need accessibility fixes custom coded for your site, we offer Priority Support packages that provide this assistance. Get Priority Support

What if there are accessibility errors in my theme or a plugin that I cannot fix?

If Accessibility Checker is identifying errors in your theme or a plugin and you’re not sure how to fix them, the best bet is to reach out to the theme or plugin developer for assistance. If that does not work, we may be able to help. There is more guidance about how to handle problems in your theme or plugins at:
* What to do if a Plugin You’re Using has Accessibility Errors
* What to do if There are Accessibility Errors in Your Theme

Will this slow down my website?

Accessibility Checker does not load anything on the front end of your website so it has zero speed impact for your website visitors.

Do I have to connect to any third-party APIs?

No, Accessibility Checker runs completely on your server and does not require you to connect to any external APIs or services for scans. This can save you thousands of dallars per year in accessibility scanning fees and is privacy-focused, ensuring that your website data stays completely under your control.

Reviews

اپریل 25, 2022
This is the only WP accessibility plugin I use. It integrates very well into the WP workflow and is very accurate. The marketing team gave me some alt text for a bunch of images that went something like 'image of...' and this plugin was able to capture the weak use of this sort of alt text which impressed me since I already use, WAVE, and AXE, screen reader testing tools. It also puts accessibility testers at ease knowing that content editors can participate in ongoing accessibility corrections after development is complete. Also this plugin is not going anywhere and comes from a very strong accessibility focused company. Also wanted to add love the unique 'reading level' touch.
مارچ 25, 2022
I use this plugin on each site I build and recommend it to my clients so they can test their pages for ADA compliance. What I like about this plugin is that it reports a score of “passed tests” to help identify common accessibility errors on a website page. It identifies issues on a page-by-page basis and reports them while you are editing a page. So fixes are easy to do. Another great feature is that it checks a page for reading grade level and reports if a page needs a simplified summary. Then the plugin has a place where you can generate that simplified summary. I have a handful of plugins in my ADA compliance testing toolbox, and Accessibility Checker is one of them.
فبروري 20, 2022
This is a great plugin that has been easy for my clients to navigate. They like how it looks, the information the plugin provides about issues, and the ones that use the pro version love the reporting. It's a perfect plugin to help keep your clients writing accessible content.
نوومبر 12, 2021
This plugin makes it so easy to zero in on the potential issues on EVERY page on my site. They care about accessibility (and security), and it shows. It cuts back on so much of the manual work of reviewing every single page by hand, so that when it is time to run a manual check, it goes so smoothly. The fact that it supports the major page builders is huge, and if something does come up that doesn't need to be fixed, I can just ignore it remove it from the list. I absolutely LOVE the information that's given for each page and post. It's so helpful. And I feel confident that if something does change with accessibility, this plugin will continue to keep up with it.
جنوري 17, 2022
This is a solid plugin for testing for Accessibility issues on a website. It is one of the three tools I use for testing each page I build. What is helpful is that is actually on the website for the client to see. It is also useful for training my VA on accessibility as it points out the issues that need to be addressed. I use the Pro version but for those getting started building Accessible sites, this is a great tool. Accessibility Checker combined with AXE Chrome extension and webaim tools will get you the information you need to build pages that can be used by all.
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Contributors & Developers

“Equalize Digital Accessibility Checker – Audit Your Website for WCAG, ADA, and Section 508 Accessibility Errors” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.2.10

  • Fix issue with unmatched reading levels

1.2.9

  • Add support for PHP 8
  • Make helper icons links less ambiguous

1.2.8

  • Freemius Update

1.2.7

  • Add accessibility statement page template

1.2.6

  • Minor accessibility updates

1.2.5

  • System info updates

1.2.4

  • Add Oxygen Builder shortcode content to readability scan

1.2.3

  • On save check post types to prevent menu save error

1.2.2

  • Add support for Accessibility New Window Warning Plugin
  • Delete issues and meta data when post is added to trash
  • Color Contrast and Possible Heading minor bug fixes
  • Fixed post type purge bug when saving settings
  • Review notification

1.2.1

  • Fixed database version that was preventing the database from being created on activation

1.2.0

  • Improved ambiguous text check to include aria-label and aria-labelledby
  • Color contrast adjust ratio based on font size
  • Ajax security improvements
  • Basic CSS veriable support
  • Fast Track
  • Added support for Oxygen Builder

1.1.3

  • Code object word break

1.1.2

  • Improve legacy PHP compatibility

1.1.1

  • Added filter for readability score content

1.1.0

  • System info output added to settings

1.0.13

  • Prevent page refresh when using classic editor

1.0.12

  • Improved accuracy of skipped heading level

1.0.11

  • Added informative error code to text justified and check within CSS
  • Update missing language attribute to only check the first html tag

1.0.10

  • Text underlined, text small improvements
  • Updated deprecated jQuery

1.0.9

  • Updates to missing title check

1.0.8

  • Added support for fullsite scan
  • Added actions for log

1.0.7

  • Ensure checks are not run if content not retrieved
  • Minor text fixes

1.0.6

  • Check full page for issues
  • Check draft posts
  • Remove color contrast from error count
  • Update missing heading and heading order checks

1.0.5

  • On post validate check that the post is published.

1.0.4

  • Update policy page sanitize logic to allow for undefined value

1.0.3

  • Minor bug fixes to activation redirect and quick edit post updating
  • Image map missing alternative text error if only a space is present

1.0.2

  • use uninstall.php instead of register_uninstall_hook
  • add option to delete all data on uninstall

1.0.1

  • update requires version
  • fix tooltip links
  • add filter to get_content function
  • update post empty logic

1.0.0

  • Everything is new and shiny.
  • We think it’s awesome you want to make your website more accessible.
  • Check for giphy and tenor animated gifs