Testing for IMG markup using the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE)

Overview

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) analyzes web pages for markup that is consistent with the use of iCITA HTML Best Practices for the development of functionally accessible web resources that also support interoperability.

Strengths

  • Provides statistics on the failure rate and the number of failures on a page.

Weakness

  • Manual inspection with another tool is necessary to identify the individual images that need remediation and to evaluate the appropriateness of alt text.

Step 1: Select the Page to Evaluate

Procedure

  1. Enter the URL of the web page to be evaluated at the URL prompt.
  2. Click on the “Evaluate” button.

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Screen shot of Select the Page to Evaluate

Step 2: Select the Page Report to Evaluate the Image Code

Procedure

  1. Click on the “Text Equivalents” link underneath the “Evaluation Results by Best Practices Main Category” heading.

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Screen shot of Select the Page Report to Evaluate the Image Code

Step 3: Identify existence alt text associated with page images

Procedure

  1. Verify that every image element has an alt attribute. (Non-informational images should have null or empty values.)

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Screen shot of Identify existence alt text associated with page images

Rules Evaluated with this Technique

Rules evaluated with Functional Accessibility Evaluator
Test
Type
Description
Automatic

Every img element must have alt attribute.

Undefined

Descriptions should be meaningful and contain at least 7 and less than 90 characters.

Undefined

The alt attribute content should not include file name of the image.

Undefined

The alt attribute content should not include information that is redundant with the img element.