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Chrome accessibility extensions

You can make Google Chrome easier to use by installing accessibility extensions. These extensions can help users with special needs enjoy the web.

WAVE is a web accessibility evaluation tool developed by It provides visual feedback about the accessibility of your web content by injecting icons and indicators into your page. No automated tool can tell you if your page is accessible, but WAVE facilitates human evaluation and educates about accessibility issues. All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser allowing secure valuation of intranet, local, password protected, and other sensitive web pages.

Use the Caret Browsing extension to move around a webpage using your keyboard instead of a touchpad or mouse. You can also select and move through text, and click links and other page controls.

Using the Color Enhancer extension, you can adjust the color in webpages, like removing specific colors that are difficult for you.

You can make reading text and seeing image details easier using the High Contrast extension. It has filters to adjust color contrast, flip black and white, or remove colors altogether. You can also customize your settings by website.Note: Some built-in webpages on Chrome can’t be adjusted, like the Chrome Web Store, the New Tab page, and the Chrome settings page.

If you’re a web designer, use the Image Alt Text Viewer extension to view existing alt text for images on a page and find images that are missing alt text. The extension will replace images with their alt text. If no alt text exists, the extension will highlight images in red.

With the Long Descriptions in Context Menu extension, you can add an item to the context menu, then right-click any element on the page and open its long description. The extension uses the “longdesc” and “aria-describedat” attributes in HTML, which are used by some assistive technologies.

WCAG Accessibility Audit Developer UI exposes Google Accessibility Developer Tools in a easy to use UI. The tool runs the latest stable Api, the most recent included one or one saved by you. The UI highlights breaking-rule elements under the cursor or rule by rule, exposes them in the debugger and creates an easy to use report. The tool suggests colors for low contrast elements and other solutions which get listed in the report.

Visual ARIA allows engineers, testers, educators, and students to physically observe ARIA usage within web technologies, including ARIA 1.1 structural, live region, and widget roles, proper nesting and focus management, plus requisite and optional supporting attributes to aid in development. Displays ARIA used in web technologies, includes live region, and widget roles, proper nesting and focus management.

With Spectrum you can instantly test your web page with different types of color vision deficiency. Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) affects people’s ability to distinguish certain colors. Estimates indicate that approximately 200 million people worldwide are affected by some kind of CVD. Individuals of Northern European ancestry, as many as 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women experience the common form of red-green color blindness. This extension helps you to test web pages for people with different types of CVD. It’s particularly useful for websites with data visualisations, because some colors may not be distinguishable from other colors in the charts.

The Siteimprove Accessibility Checker is your tool to evaluate any web page for accessibility issues at any given time. It provides intuitive, visual feedback about your content by highlighting detected issues right on the page and gives you an immediate overview of your page’s accessibility issues, clear explanations of how they affect your users, plus specific recommendations on how to fix them. All analysis is done entirely within the Chrome browser, allowing secure evaluation of password-protected or non-public pages, multi-step forms, and dynamic content.

The ARC Toolkit is a set of accessibility tools which aids developers in identifying accessibility problems and features for WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, EN 301 549, and Section 508. The toolkit is designed to be integrated into automated and manual accessibility tests and works alongside the auditor or developer in order to simplify repetitive tasks and interactively explore accessibility features and problems. The ARC Toolkit is tightly integrated with Chrome’s Developer Tools and uses the ARC rule set, the same rules used by default in the ARC platform. This allows developers and quality assurance testers to take their ARC testing into their development environments and thoroughly investigate issues raised in ARC scans.