WAVE Web Accessibility Tool

WAVE Web Accessibility Tool

Whether or not your organization is bound by Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to meet accessibility standards, can we all just agree that making your library’s online content accessible to EVERYONE is the right thing to do?  Good.  Now that we’re on the same page, use WAVE to evaluate the accessibility of your website.  All you do is enter a URL and WAVE embeds various icons at potential problem areas throughout the page.  It’s not important to know what they all mean because you can click on each for more information and tips for improvement.

*No accessibility tool can replace a real human being, but WAVE is a great place to start.

-Dee

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BeeLine Reader

BeeLine Reader

Beeline Reader aims to make reading on the web faster and easier.  It uses gradient color options to keep lines of text from running together.  Ads are also removed for a more streamlined view.  In addition to boosting efficiency, the tool can be helpful for those with visual impairments, dyslexia, and ADD.  There are a few options for using the tool: a browser plugin, a mobile app, a PDF reader option, and the “Pasteboard” option to BeeLine (used as a verb here) any text you can copy and paste.  You can even BeeLine eBooks on your Kindle.  It’s not for everyone, so take the BeeLine Reading Challenge to see if this is a useful tool for you.

-Dee