The WAVE Firefox toolbar provides a mechanism for running WAVE reports directly within Firefox. Because the toolbar reports runs entirely within your web browser, no information is sent to the WAVE server. This ensures 100% private and secure accessibility reporting. The toolbar can check intranet, password-protected, dynamically generated, or sensitive web pages. Also, because the WAVE toolbar evaluates the rendered version of your page, locally displayed styles and dynamically-generated content from scripts or AJAX can be evaluated.
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A Chrome extension is also available. The Chrome extension is more up-to-date than the Firefox toolbar, though the toolbar will soon be updated to include the up-to-date features and interface of the Chrome extension and the WAVE web site.
Installing the WAVE toolbar
- Select the download link above. If this is the first time installing the WAVE toolbar, you may receive a Firefox notice that wave.webaim.org is attempting to install software. Simply select "Allow" at the top of the Firefox window. You must restart Firefox after installing the toolbar.
- Optionally, you may right click the download link above and select Save Link As... to save the toolbar installer to your computer. Browse to the installer (.xpi file) and double click to complete the installation.
Updates to the WAVE toolbar will automatically be sent to Firefox when they are made available.
Using the WAVE toolbar
To run a WAVE report, browse to a web page, then select the "Errors, Features, and Alerts", "Structure/Order View", "Text-only View", or "Outline View" icons on the toolbar. The web page will be modified to display the WAVE report. The "Reset Page" icon will refresh the page and should typically be selected between viewing reports. The "Icons Key" button will display a list of all WAVE icons with additional details, information, and recommendations.
WAVE Toolbar functionality is also available through the Tools menu (ALT + T). This allows keyboard accessibility to all WAVE functions, even if the toolbar is not visible.
Toolbar display issues
If the toolbar disappears or becomes dysfunctional, start Firefox in Safe Mode and select the option to "Reset toolbars and controls".
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