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NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet

The NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet is designed to help developers and quality assurance personnel identify accessibility issues on web pages. The favelet is organized around a structured QA process which will help developers reduce the number of issues on pages.

Downloading the favelet

The favelet: NCAM QA Favelet

To obtain the favelet, do one of the following:

  • drag the 'NCAM QA Favelet' link to the browser link toolbar
  • right-click on the 'NCAM QA Favelet' link and choose 'Add to Favorites' or 'Bookmark This Link', saving the link to the 'Links' folder in Internet Explorer or the 'Bookmarks Toolbar folder' in Mozilla. This can also be accomplished from the keyboard using the options-menu key on most keyboards.

Testing of web content by knowledgable accessibility specialists and by disabled users is a necessary part of any significant web development effort — the NCAM QA Favelet will not eliminate the need for this type of testing nor will it guarantee that a page is accessible. What the NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet will do is help reduce the number issues on a page so that less time is spent by accessibility specialists and disabled users focused on basic accessibiliy issues and more time can be dedicated to issues that are harder to diagnose and repair.


As of november 11, 2004, the favelet has been tested on Internet Explorer 5.5+, Mozilla, and Mozilla Firefox - all on Windows 98/2000/XP Home/XP Professional. We are working on circumventing a small issue in order to make the favelet work in Safari.

There are many other favelets available on the web, including a selection that can be used to support accessibility evaluations. The NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet is geared around a specific process, rather than offering developers a collection of tools. Experienced developers looking for additional accessibility favelets may be interested in other accessibility favelet collections such as is offered at Accessify and HTMLSource or in the NILS Toolbar, which packages many favelets into a single browser toolbar for Windows users.

Comments are appreciated! Please send feedback you may have on the NCAM Accessibility QA Favelet.

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