Software and Applications Checklist


  • Does the application provide clear and precise instructions for use of all keyboard functions as part of the user documentation?
  • Does the software provide keyboard equivalents for all mouse actions, including buttons, scroll windows, text entry fields, and pop-up windows?
  • Does the software have a logical tabbing order among fields, text boxes, and focal points?
  • Can you use the arrow keys to navigate through a list followed by pressing the ENTER key or space bar to select the desired item?
  • Are keyboard shortcut keys provided for all pull-down menus?

Interactive Elements

Screen Elements


Technical Support

  • Are all manuals and documentation provided in an accessible electronic format including text descriptions of any charts, graphs, pictures, or graphics of any nature?
  • Is special training provided for users with disabilities that will enable them to become familiar with the software and learn how to use it in conjunction with assistive technology provided as an accommodation?

Accessibility Check

  • Does the software support existing accessibility features built into the operating system (e.g., sticky keys, slow keys, repeat keys, Voice Over)?
  • Have you tested the application with a sampling of common assistive technologies (including, at a minimum, a screen reader, and, if possible, alternate input devices, screen enlargement software, and voice recognition software and devices)? Describe the accessibility successes and problems you encountered during these testing exercises, as well as your plans for addressing any problems.
  • Have you evaluated similar software alternatives that might have better accessibility features?