The CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) has procured and implemented Enterprise level tools that assist in the automated and manual evaluation of websites and web apps. In addition, the ATI office has negotiated with professional service vendors to provide tools and related services to support digital accessibility efforts at each of the 23 campuses.

Com​monLook services support the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) to improve the accessibility of docu​ments that are distributed and posted to public websites. When a document is prepared with accessibility in mind the content will be available to the widest number of users and they will be able to interact with the content any way they choose e.g. mobile devices, screen readers, keyboard only, or magnification. The CommonLook services make the creation, remediation, and management of accessible PDF and Microsoft Office documents easier.

Service Offerings

  • Fee-based PDF remediation service
  • CommonLook PDF Validator This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.
    • CommonLook's PDF Validator provides users with a certification report for each tested document. Content creators can rest assured that their PDFs are compliant with accessibility standards. CommonLook's PDF Validator often identifies accessibility problems that other testing tools miss.
    • System requirements: Windows 8 or higher, Adobe Acrobat: Standard or Professional (Pro is Recommended), Acrobat X (10) or higher
    • Cost: Free

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The Section 508 manual evaluation guide provides an overview of the procedure designed to be used in parallel with an automated accessibility evaluation report.

These developer tools may be used to assist in manual evaluation of accessibility.


The Accessible Name and Description Inspector accessibility testing tool.

Accessibility Insights

Accessibility Insights for Web helps developers quickly find and fix accessibility issues.

Web Developer Extension

Toolbar for Firefox, Chrome and Opera


Tool for Chrome that displays websites with black, white and gray only.

MathPlayer plugin from DesignScience This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Enables enables Microsoft Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation in web pages.

Colour Contrast Analyser This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

A tool for checking foreground & background color combinations to determine if they provide good color visibility

WAVE Toolbar

Toolbar for Firefox to help web developers make accessible webpages

WebAIM keyboard testing guide

Keyboard accessibility is one of the most important aspects of web accessibility.

Web Accessibility Toolbar for Internet Explorer This link will take you to an external website in a new tab.

Toolbar for Internet Explorer to help web developers make accessible webpages

AInspector Sidebar