The Usability of Accessibility Evaluation Tools

  • Helen Petrie
  • Neil King
  • Carlos Velasco
  • Henrike Gappa
  • Gaby Nordbrock
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4556)


A range of accessibility evaluation tools are available to support Web developers in producing accessible Web resources. It is important that these tools support web developers very well, so that the developers can concentrate on the tasks of Web development. In addition, the tools should enhance Web developers understanding of accessibility issues. This paper presents a usability evaluation of five entry level accessibility evaluations tools. A group heuristic evaluation was conducted, with 5 experts in usability and accessibility working through each tool together, but rating usability problems separately. The results showed that the usability of these tools is surprisingly poor and that they do not support web developers adequately in checking the accessibility of their web resources.


Web accessibility accessibility evaluation accessibility evaluation tools usability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Petrie
    • 1
  • Neil King
    • 2
  • Carlos Velasco
    • 3
  • Henrike Gappa
    • 3
  • Gaby Nordbrock
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DDUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.DesignedforAll, Prince Consort House, 109 - 11Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3BWUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT), Schloss Birlinghoven 53754 Sankt AugustinGermany

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