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Web Accessibility Testing

Mason’s websites and web-based resources are routinely scanned and tested to ensure conformance with the standards and guidelines outlined in WCAG 2.1 opens a new window and Section 508 opens a new window.

What is Web Accessibility Testing?

  • Is your Mason website accessible on mobile devices?
  • Can people with disabilities or English as a second language fully access the content on your site?
  • Web accessibility testing can help answer these questions, identify any issues and recommend solutions.

The Testing Process

The testing process consists of a series of both automated and manual tests to review and evaluate the level to which the site meets WCAG 2.1 and Section 508 accessibility standards. Compliance with these standards will also provide easier access to users who access the site using mobile devices.

The automated process includes the use of a testing tool called DubBOT opens a new window. This web-based system provides an initial assessment of the web site and provides an overview of the accessibility issues throughout the site. It also pinpoints the location of the errors.

Manual testing is completed by ATI staff members using assistive technology including, but is not limited to, screen reading software, screen enlarging software, voice recognition and other alternative keyboard and mouse options. Manual testing provides more specific examples of how accessibility issues effect the usability of the site

Sharing Results

A detailed report of the findings will be provided describing the technology used for testing and will detail main areas of concern.  An optional meeting can be scheduled to review the report to discuss findings and options for improving accessibility moving forward.

To request an accessibility review, please complete the Request Services Form.

Testing Documents

Visit our Creating Accessible Documents page for tips and tutorials on how to use the Microsoft 365 and Acrobat Pro DC built-in accessibility checkers. There is also information available on how to create accessible Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents.