Automated Website Accessibility Monitoring

Princeton is implementing enterprise automated accessibility testing and monitoring, a strategic component of its maturing digital accessibility program. Automated testing and monitoring improves the accessibility of public-facing websites by identifying and supporting remediation of accessibility issues to help websites better meet accessibility, usability, and governance standards. DubBot, the selected platform, adds to Princeton's digital accessibility quality assurance approaches, which include just-in-time testing and feedback during content editing (described below); scheduled and on-request manual testing; training for editors, designers, and developers; reviews of vendor offerings as part of the Architecture and Security Review process; and consultations on design concepts, prototypes, and websites under development.

DubBot reports issues to website owners and provide guidance on solving them. It presents a dashboard with scores for accessibility, broken links, spelling, and governance, and provides links to the pages that require attention. It also allows the University to track progress over time. OIT provides training and other support services to website owners and editors to introduce them to DubBot, assist them in understanding remediations, and answer their questions. 

It is important to note that automated testing does not find all accessibility errors. While automated testing is an important tool, Princeton's approach to improving the accessibility of its public-facing websites will continue to include manual testing, accessible website templates, just-in-time feedback, training, and consultation.


Automated Accessibility Checking During Website Editing

Princeton has added automated accessibility testing to the Site Builder (Drupal) website editing environment to help improve the accessibility of University websites. Real-time checking and feedback helps editors identify and correct common content accessibility barriers before pages are published. Checks include:

  • Text alternatives for images
  • Meaningful links
  • Proper¬†formatting
  • PDFs
  • Video and audio
  • Social media

While automated testing during the editing process is an important tool for improving website accessibility, it does not ensure the full accessibility of a website. Princeton's approach includes accessible website templates, manual testing, monitoring, training, and consultation.