Please see Computing Services' blog post for more details
NVDA has been installed on the Thinkpad departmental laptop. View the NVDA user guide. As it is a Windows application, it works outside browsers. Can be used to test accessibility of documents including PDFs.
Standard caveat for accessibility testing tools - no automated tool can guarantee WCAG compliance of any level as some of the criteria cannot be assessed programmatically. Manual testing will also be required.
Pa11y v2 is in active development and will remove the dependency on HTML Code Sniffer.
Written by Funnelback, this is also a wrapper for HTML Code Sniffer. The processing is thorough, but the output is confusing. Like the Pa11y dashboard, it is far more useful for an overview of our compliance, rather than actually identifying individual problems. There is a cost to this service.
The core of other tools here. Can test against WCAG A, AA, AAA and Section 308. The browser tool is a bookmarklet which identifies and locates the problems, allowing the tester to click through everything located and have it highlighted on screen.
Accessibility Evaluator for Firefox
Seems to have some interesting tools in it, but displayed in a largely unhelpful way and repeatedly locked my browser when testing it. Last release was March 2011.
Simplest interaction is via a webform which overlays the given page with errors, warnings and other information. Firefox plugin brings shortcuts to this functionality and gives a page structure tool (last release Feb 2012).
Definitely dead, development stopped in 2005.
Screen reader emulation for Firefox (browser-based only). Rather than simply removing stylesheets, this plugin gives a text version of what a user with a screen reader hears. Although different screen readers will behave differently, according to Tim this gives a good representative output. Support for HTML5 is limited.
Screen reader emulation for Chrome (browser-based only).