Web Accessibility Survey Site

Created by Axel Schmetzke


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Web sites, just like buildings, can be designed to meet the needs of all people, including those with disabilities. Unfortunately, many (if not most) current web pages and web-based resources contain major access barriers. This site aspires to be a clearinghouse for studies involving the collection of accessibility data pertaining to web sites and online resources in education, particularly in higher education. Such studies and their findings are important for several reasons: (1) They provide institutions with a realistic picture about the accessibility of their web sites. (2) They supply advocates for a barrier-free online environment with data by which to further their cause.  (3) They enable librarians contemplating the purchase of online resources to make better informed procurement decisions. (4) To vendors of online products, they identify product features that need improvement. (5) By providing models for online accessibility research they are likely to stimulate further research in this area.

The audience for this resource guide include producers of online resources, including web designers; college and university instructors, administrators, and policy makers; distance educators; librarians; and disability professionals.

If you know of accessibility studies not referenced on this site, please contact me.

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What's New?

About this site

This site has recently undergone a major overhaul. The intention was to move away from a site primarily serving as a gateway to the author's own research towards a more comprehensive site functioning as a sort of  clearinghouse for all research in this area. The scope of this site is no longer confined to survey-like studies of web page accessibility; it now covers investigations into the accessibility of all web-based resources found in the educational environment, including online library databases and courseware.

new articleLatest studies and developments

Web Page Accessibility: Research Studies

North America


North America: Other States


Other Countries










Web Page Accessibility: Institutional Self-Evaluations

Evaluations of Web Accessibility Checkers

Accessibility of Online Library Catalogs, Indexes and Databases, and Other Library/Information Resources


Research Studies

Vendor-Provided Information

(This new section was started on Oct. 16, 2003 and is still under construction)



E-Reserve Systems

Federated Search Tools (one-stop access to articles, books, web and local resources)

Indexes & Databases

Online Reference Systems


Courseware Evaluation


Online Survey Software

Note: VPAT = Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (Section 508)

Product Published Accessibility/
Usability Evaluation (non-vendor provided)
Comments by a
Window-Eyes User
Company provided
accessibility information
Section-508 compliance
claimed by company
Inquiry & response from Company
EFM Feedback
by Vovici
    not found no  
SelectSurvey.NET by Classapps     VPAT yes  
Snap Surveys     Snap Web Surveys and Web Accessibility Standards yes  
SurveyGizmo Seeking an Accessible and Usable Survey Tool (April 2007)   The Most Accessible and Usable Survey Tool;


SurveyMonkey Seeking an Accessible and Usable Survey Tool(April 2007) not accessible (2007);
accessible (April 2008)
no inquiry re full Section 508 compliance sent out (4-11-08)
Zoomerang   poor, but doable in a pinch; no alt tags for scale points not found no  

Related articles

Susan Mitchell, Anne Ciemnecki, Karen CyBulski, and Jason Markesich. Removing Barriers to Survey Participation for Persons with Disabilities. Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. January 2006. Available at http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1191&context=edicollect. [See Subsection F.4, pp. 35-37, for a discussion of Section 508 compliance.]

Jean E. Fox, William Mockovak, Sylvia K. Fisher, and Christine Rho. Usability Issues Associated with Converting Establishment Surveys to Web-Based Data Collection. Office of Survey Methods Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics. April 2004). Available at http://www.bls.gov/ore/pdf/st030320.pdf and at http://www.fcsm.gov/working-papers/spwp38_2.pdf. [Includes a section discussing Section 508 requirements--see page 68.]


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Researched and created by Axel Schmetzke, Library, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Originally created in Spring 1999; last major revision and expansion 03/29/03; last updated 04/09/13 .
Comments are welcome! aschmetz@uwsp.edu

Another resource provided by this author: Hugo Rheinhold's Philosophizing Monkey, and Gone Solar—a One-Year Retrospective.

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