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What are some quick and easy ways to determine if my web site is healthy or poor when it comes to accessibility to readers and other like devices?

I don't have a reader, but need a way to test so that I can improve the site in this area. Are there any coding strategies or methods for testing this?

  • Are you talking about making sure that your content is at an appropriate reading level for your audience, or asking about how to simulate a screen reader that speaks your page for blind users? – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 26 '17 at 20:02
  • I would be interested in both areas – klewis Apr 26 '17 at 22:29
  • You can also remove any CSS, or inline styles. Check out the real flow of the content rather than what has been forced by style controls. – Gypsy Spellweaver Apr 28 '17 at 4:35
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There's a free screen reader program for Windows called NVDA. It can be downloaded here: https://www.nvaccess.org/download/

Macs come with a screen reader program called Voiceover, WebAIM has an article on how to use it: http://webaim.org/articles/voiceover/

I found it very enlightening as a sighted person to try navigating some websites via a screen reader. Experiencing the frustration first-hand of dealing with a badly coded website really helped drive home the importance of doing this correctly.

  • I especially appreciate the last paragraph. Cheers!! – closetnoc Apr 27 '17 at 5:35
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Here's a site I use for stuff like this sometimes. It's not aimed at accessibility, per se, but it's a good way to see how your site renders on various platforms. http://browsershots.org/

If you need further assistance with font-sizing, check this out:

https://medium.com/@madhum86/css-font-sizing-pixels-vs-em-vs-rem-vs-percent-vs-viewport-units-b1485716afe7

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