Accessibility Tip: Automated accessibility tools

Last updated on January 01, 2022Articles

I think there are a few ways to check the accessibility on a site. One of those is definitely automated tools.

There are some drawbacks - some big drawbacks. They can only find very specific types of issues. And it is quite easy to get a website to pass these automated tools with great scores but actually have very low accessibility.

But they still have value as they can easily find many issues, and are very easy to run.

Here is a round up of some tools I have used and like.

Lighthouse (built into Chrome)

Lighthouse from Chrome screenshot

If you go to the inspector tool in Chrome and open up the lighthouse tool you can run an accessibility audit right in Chrome. It is built into Chrome so you have no excuse to not use it.


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