Automated tools to objectively test online courses for 508 compliance?
Oct 05, 2020
Does anyone know if there are tools out there specifically designed to perform automated testing of online courses (e.g., SCORM output) for 508 compliance?
I don't mean using JAWS and other screen readers, or Chrome extensions to simulate vision issues. Those tools still involve a human to analyze and pass judgement, which can introduce the potential for human error because in our world, they are used by a person who might not be the course author or someone else on the team who has taken on the responsibility for testing courses for 508, but might not be a 508 expert.
In the web development world, there are automated tools that go through each element of a website and determine whether there are any accessibility issues. Such tools might provide a more objective analysis than people who are not 508 consultants might achieve in testing their own courses or testing the courses of their peers.
I'm not sure that such a tool exists, but thought I'd ask. I'm looking for responses ASAP, since my department is working on budgeting for next year, and such tools, if they exist, are a complete unknown to us.
Thank you in advance,