Software and Tools

This page contains a compiled list of tools that support the creation and assessment of universally designed materials. These tools are divided into three categories: Browser Extensions, Browser Toolbars and Standalone Applications. Within these categories, you will find tools for color contrast and webpage assessment, coding and content creation, and for reading and accessing content.

Departmental technical assistance may be required to install these tools.

Browser Extensions

Web Developer Extension

Toolbar for Firefox, Chrome and Opera


Application for Firefox to help web developers make accessible webpages


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

Fire Vox

A talking, browser extension for the Firefox.

MathPlayer plugin from DesignScience

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

Browser Toolbars

WAVE Toolbar

Toolbar for Firefox to help web developers make accessible webpages

Compliance Deputy

Compliance deputy is a browser-based solution that allows developers and content creators to evaluate and repair accessibility errors before publishing them.  Supported browsers include: IE 9.0 and above, Chrome 40.0 and above, and Safari 7.0 and above. 

Web Accessibility Toolbar

Toolbar for Internet Explorer to help web developers make accessible webpages

Juicy Studio Accessibility Toolbar

The toolbar enables developers to examine WAI-ARIA live regions roles and properties, examine data tables, and determine if the color contrast is sufficient

Accessibility Evaluation Toolbar

A Firefox add on the supports web developers in testing their web resources for functional accessibility features based on the iCITA HTML Best Practices.

Standalone Applications

Colour Contrast Analyser

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

Natural Reader

A free program that reads text aloud

Open Office

Open-source software suite which includes a PDF creator, word processor, spreadsheet creator, presentation creator, and database


"What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG) web authoring program

VLC Player

An open-source multimedia player that can open most audio and video formats. Work for the following types of video: