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Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Web Accessibility Tools

Web Accessibility Tools

Here's a list of free tools that you can use to check your website for accessibility– Web based or downloadable.


Web Based

Accessibility Valet - Site Valet 

Accessibility Valet is a tool that allows you to check Web pages against either Section 508 or WGAC accessibility compliance. One URL at a time may be checked with this online tool in free mode, or unlimited use with paid subscription. 

Adobe Acrobat PDF Converter - Adobe 

Adobe offers this resource for converting PDF files into either HTML or plain text. The PDF file must be online and a URL given to the converter to process. Note that only text is output: graphics and other non-text elements are simply dropped. 

Cynthia Says - HiSoftware 

The Cynthia Says portal is a Web content accessibility validation solution. It is designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines. This free tool, meant for educational purposes, is an online test which only validates one page at a time.

TAW3 - CTIC Foundation 

TAW3 is a tool for the analysis of Web sites, based on the W3C - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. It will check one URL at a time from its Web-based mode, or offers downloadable versions for your desktop or browser. 


WAVE is a free Web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid in the Web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original Web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility information within your page. 

Vischeck - Vischeck 

Vischeck is a tool for showing what things look like to someone who is color blind. You can try Vischeck online by either running Vischeck on your own uploaded image files or by running running it on a Web page by feeding it a URL. You can also download the program as a Photoshop plugin to use it on your own computer. 



Dreamweaver Accessibility Plugins - Adobe/Macromedia 

Dreamweaver is the most popular and capable WYSIWYG Web page editor on the market today. Adobe Software offers a collection of vendor and third-party supplied plugins and add-ons that give a wide range of accessibility checking options. 

Insight - Colorfield Digital Media 

Colorfield Insight is a Photoshop plug-in that allows designers to predict image legibility for color deficient viewers by accurately simulating color blindness. Given that up to 10% of the male population is affected by some sort of color blindness, Web page designers should use a tool such as this to preview their pages to make sure important information is not being lost.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 9/25/14