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Validating Your Sites for Accessibility
There's no reason to rely on luck when it comes to determining whether your site mea-
sures up when it comes to accessibility. Just as you can use the W3C validator to verify
that your HTML files are standards-compliant, you can use a number of validators to
check your site for accessibility problems. Cynthia Says is one such validator, and
you can find it at It can validate a site against the
Section 508 guidelines mentioned earlier or against the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines developed by the W3C.
Its operation is nearly identical to that of the HTML validator provided by the W3C. If
you submit your page to the validator, it generates a report that indicates which areas of
your page need improvement, and it provides general tips that can be applied to any
page. Figure 19.2 shows a Cynthia Says report for Wikipedia.
An accessibility
report generated
by Cynthia Says.
Cynthia Says also links to the relevant standards in the validation results. In Figure 19.3,
you can see the destination of one of the links, which points to a passage in the Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines.
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