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DHS Section 508 Compliance Testing Tools

This guide provides a list of the testing tools used in the DHS Section 508 Compliance Test Process for Applications.  It explains the installation steps in detail, and important information to help you download the necessary components from the host websites.

For more details about using the tools, please refer to the DHS Section 508 Compliance Test Process for Applications.

Please download and review the software installation and setup instructions first.

For questions regarding the use of these tools, please contact the DHS Accessibility Help Desk via email at accessibility@hq.dhs.gov or via phone at 202-447-0440 (voice) Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 p.m., U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Testing Tools

Inspect

Inspect reveals the Name, Role, State and Value of Windows software elements. Download Inspect for the Operating System version being used. Developed by Microsoft Corporation.

Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT)

Web Accessibility Toolbar (WAT) adds a toolbar to Internet Explorer to aid manual inspection of accessibility related elements on web pages. Developed by the Web Accessibility Tools Consortium.

Java Ferret

Java Ferret reveals the Name, Role, State and Value of Java software elements. Developed by Oracle Corporation.

Web Accessibility Favelets (WAF)

Favelets is a set of bookmarks with JavaScript test functions activated from your web browser. Another word used to call this is bookmarklets. The respective zip file includes bookmarks with favelets built-in along with descriptions of their source and use in the included README.txt.

WAF Version 2.0, June 2017

NOTE: It is highly recommended to use WAF server-side to receive latest releases. Client-side is available for agencies or organizations in a closed environment with no internet access. If you opt for the client-side version, please check back frequently for future updates.

Color Contrast Analyzer (CCA)

The Color Contrast Analyzer (CCA) helps you determine the legibility of text and the contrast of visual elements, such as graphical controls and visual indicators.

NOTE: CCA is available in WAT 2012 and WAT 2015.  Use the stand-alone CCA (download link above) if you are unable to run WAT within your environment.

Accessible Name & Description Inspector (ANDI)

Current Version of ANDI

For instructions on adding the current version of ANDI to your browser, visit the ANDI Installation Instructions page on the SSA.gov website: https://www.ssa.gov/accessibility/andi/help/install.html

Training Version of ANDI

Strictly for training and certification exam purposes, DHS hosts a version of ANDI that is updated only in conjunction with updates to the Trusted Tester training course content. To add ANDI to your browser, simply Drag and Drop this link: ANDI into your browser’s favorites/bookmark bar. For more detailed instructions, please see below: 

  • Chrome
    1. Ensure that Chrome's Bookmarks Bar is visible (Ctrl + Shift + B)
    2. Now drag and drop this link: ANDI to the Bookmarks Bar
    3. ANDI is now installed to Chrome and ready to be launched
      Unfortunately, Chrome does not offer a simple keyboard accessible alternative to save a link as a bookmark.
  • Firefox
    1. Ensure that Firefox's Bookmarks Toolbar is visible
    2. Right click this link: ANDI and select "Bookmark This Link". Add it to the Bookmarks Toolbar. Alternatively, keyboard users running Windows can tab to this link: ANDI, press ctrl+shift+F10 (which brings up a context menu) and select "Bookmark This Link". Add it to the Bookmarks Toolbar
    3. ANDI is now installed to Firefox and ready to be launched
  • Internet Explorer
    1. Ensure that IE's Favorites Bar is visible
    2. Right click this link: ANDI and select "Add to favorites bar". Alternatively, keyboard users running Windows can tab to this link: ANDI, press ctrl+shift+F10 (which brings up a context menu) and select "Add to favorites bar"
    3. ANDI is now installed to IE and ready to be launched
  • Microsoft Edge
    1. Because the version of Edge you have may not allow the direct installation of favelets (such as ANDI). As a workaround....
    2. Install ANDI to Chrome or Firefox
    3. Use Edge to import favorites from Chrome or Firefox
    4. Once imported, ANDI can be moved into Edge's Favorites Bar for quick launching
  • Safari
    1. Ensure that Safari's Favorites Bar is visible (Command + Shift + B)
    2. Drag and drop this link: ANDI to the Favorites Bar
    3. ANDI is now installed to Safari and ready to be launched.
      Unfortunately, Safari does not offer a simple keyboard accessible alternative to save a link as a favorite. 
Last Published Date: May 24, 2019

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