Checking the accessibility of an application in the GUI Accessibility mode

The GUI Accessibility mode can check the accessibility of any Windows® application running on the computer. It can also check the accessibility of ActiveX controls embedded in a webpage, such as Flash ActiveX controls.

The following steps will check the accessibility of an application using the GUI Accessibility mode:

  1. Switch to GUI Accessibility mode:
    1. Select the File > Switch Modes... menu to open the Select a mode dialog.
    2. Select the GUI Accessibility mode, and click the OK button.
  2. Select a webpage or an application window to check its accessibility:
    Select a target for checking by using the Target Window menu.
  3. The accessibility check starts immediately, and may take a few moments to be completed.
  4. Analyzing the results of the automated accessibility check:
    The GUI Report view shows the accessibility problems. Please refer to Problems reported in the GUI Accessibility mode.
  5. Accessibility verification with manual inspection:
    First, the contents of the GUI Summary view and the screen of the application can be compared to verify that the important information on the application screen is available as appropriate text information. If the text information is missing or inappropriate, then using the application operation with a screen reader will be difficult.
    Next, the order of the text shown in the GUI Summary view should be checked to make sure it is appropriate. The order of the text in this view corresponds to the reading order with a screen reader.
  6. After fixing the accessibility problems the previous steps can be repeated to check the accessibility improvements.

Problems reported in the GUI Accessibility mode

The GUI Report view shows the accessibility problems found in the target application. The problems are categorized into Error, Warning, and Information. The severity of each problem is uniquely defined based on how a blind person would use a screen reader.

Error: Serious problems

Warning: Less serious problems

Information: For information only

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