Essential Resources

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

The main international standards for web accessibility, as published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium. These standards underpin most legal compliance globally.

View the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines on the WCAG website. (link leads to external site)

A11y Project Checklist

Using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as a reference point, this checklist prompts you to check for covers a wide range of disability conditions.

Read the Accessibility Project's Accessibility Checklist (link leads to external site)

Google Lighthouse

The web industry's go to open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of web pages. You can run it against any web page to audit performance, accessibility, progressive web apps, SEO and more.

Read about Google Lighthouse (link leads to external site)

WAVE® Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

An essential tool to audit your web pages and sites for a11y. WAVE® is a suite of evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities. WAVE can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors, but also facilitates human evaluation of web content.

Use the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (link leads to external site)

W3C Markup Validation Service

A long-standing tool, this validator checks the markup of Web documents and helps ensure mark-up is error free and is semantically correct.

Use the W3C Markup Validation Service (link leads to external site)

Development Resources

Axe Developer Tools

Marketed as the World’s leading digital accessibility toolkit, used by Microsoft, Google, development and testing teams everywhere.

Read about Dequeue's Axe Developer Tools Extension (link leads to external site)

Design Resources

WebAim Colour Contrast Checker

A simple tool to test and ensure the contrast colours between text and the text's background meet WCAG AA and AAA standards.

Use the WebAim Colour Contrast Checker (link leads to external site)