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The Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) is tool to help web developers and content managers make their web content more accessible. WAVE cannot tell you if your web content is accessible. Only a human can determine true accessibility. But, WAVE can help you evaluate the accessibility of your web content.

WAVE LogoImage ModifiedWAVE is easy to use. It can be used at the WAVE website by entering the URL of a web page or by installing a browser plugin to Chrome or Firefox.

Using the WAVE Tool Online

  1. Visit

  2. Copy and paste the URL for your web page address field in WAVE and press Enter or Return on your keyboard.

  3. WAVE produces a report of web accessibility problems (shown in red, yellow, and black) and features (shown in green, blue, and purple). 

Adding the WAVE Browser Extension to Chrome or Firefox

The WAVE Chrome and Firefox extensions allows you to evaluate web content for accessibility issues directly within Chrome and Firefox browsers.

  1. Visit to download the extension for Chrome or Firefox.

  2. To run a WAVE report, simply click on the WAVE icon to the right of your browser address bar.


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  2. Click on the icon again or refresh the page to remove the WAVE interface.

Interpreting WAVE Results


You can view a brief overview of what each icon or indicator means by clicking it and viewing its documentation or by accessing the documentation panel.

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Laurie Fox

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