Web Accessibility Toolbar 2011

Posted on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 by Steve Faulkner

We have been working on bug fixes to the Web Accessibility Toolbar 2011, the update is now available for download, includes the latest version of aViewer.

In honour of Jim Thatcher’s important and continuing contribution to making the web a more accessible medium, I have worked on an update to the Web Accessibility Toolbar for Internet Explorer, which includes new features that he has developed.

Today At CSUN 2011, Jim Thatcher is being presented with a life time achievement award. Here at TPG we join the many others in the Accessibility Community that wish to thank Jim for his continuing leadership, insight and guidance on web accessibility.

Jim has been a supporter of the Web Accessibility Toolbar since its initial release back in 2004. Of late, I have not had the time to work on developing the WAT. Jim emailed me last year with some scripts he had developed that provide additional features for checking web content. I had not incorporated these new features into the WAT, but thought the honouring of Jim at this years CSUN as the perfect excuse to pull my finger out and release an update. Its a leaner version than WAT 2.0, I have removed outdated, obsolete or buggy features, and added some new stuff.

WAT 2011


  • additional features for inspecting images, skip links and tables developed by Jim Thatcher
  • bundled the aViewer application with the WAT
  • added back-in a references menu
  • Toolbar button to access the developer tools panel built in to Internet Explorer
  • HTML5 conformance checking
  • ARIA Landmark role display
  • HTML5 section elements display
  • removed a bunch of features that need updating or are obsolete.



Web Accessibility Toolbar 2011 (2mb) (Updated 11/01/2012)

Thanks to Jim Thatcher and Jun (main contributor to the WAT, CCA and aViewer).

About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Technical Director at TPG. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C Web Platforms Working Group and the W3C ARIA Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, ARIA in HTML, Notes on Using ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility.


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