Website Accessibility Testing with DYNO Mapper

The first step of performing an accessibility test with dyno mapper, is to create a project. Your project will designate a list of pages that you would like to run a test for or monitor for accessibility issues. 

Let’s get started by creating a project. 

Create Project

Click the “New Project” button and select your project creation method. You can test an entire website using the Create from URL or the Create from XML method. 

Create from URL

When Creating from URL, you can utilize our crawler features to define your list of pages. If you are unsure on what settings to use, just start by entering the URL and use our default settings. 

Click “Show Advanced Options” to see all of the Create from URL options. 

If you are trying to test a private website or application that requires a login, you will need to use website authentication. You can choose from our list of provided CMS systems. If your CMS does not appear on the list, you have the option to build a Custom System Login for your CMS or custom application. If you need help with the required settings, support is provided at any subscriber level. Just create a ticket and help is on the way. 

2 quick options to make not of are the Only Subdirectory and Skip Links options. 

Only Subdirectory

If you only want to test a subdirectory of a site, Click the Only Subdirectory button and add the directory with forward slashes included before and after the directory. 

Ex. Add /directory/ for

You can also Skip pages that match a url structure using the Skip Links feature. Click the Skip Links and Enter part of the URL, select the matching type, then click enter. 

If you would like to learn more about each of our advanced settings, just click on the tooltip next to each option to learn more about what each option does. 

Create from XML

Creating your project from XML can be faster than crawling an entire website using Create from URL. If you have a predefined list of pages in XML format, you can upload them using a URL or File to start your project. 

Create from Scratch

If you only have a few pages to test, you can use the Create from Scratch method to use our sitemap editor to define the pages to be included in your test. 

For an accessibility test, you only need to Add a Title or URL in the right side flyout. Make sure to enter the URL as it appear in browsers with the http or https at the beginning of the URL. 

 If you have several pages to test, click the + or Add Item button to add additional pages. Don’t forget to add each page Title and URL, then click Save. Repeat this step to add any additional pages that you need tested. 

After you have created a project using one of these 3 methods, you are ready to begin an accessibility test. 

Run Test

Navigate to the Accessibility page in the left side menu. 

Select the project that you would like to perform a test for in the dropdown. Then click Run. 

It is recommended that you only test one Standard at a time. This is especially important for accurate monitoring and reporting. You always have the option to duplicate your sitemap using the Create from Existing method if you need to monitor more than one Standard. 

After your test has finished, your results will be displayed in your accessessiblity test overview.

View Report

An Accessibility Score is a project wide average of each page tested. 

Your Average Known, Likely, and Potential Problems are displayed below your accessibility score, with the total number of broken guidelines listed below in each category from your most recent test. 

Each Report is titled by the Guideline test with a time and day stamp of when the test was performed. 

Use the Schedule Test, to monitor your accessibility automatically. After you second test, you will see the line graph that will track your progress.

Click Notifications to signup to receive email alerts for each project test. 

Viewing the Report Detail 

Click View Report to see your page by page results. 

Use the Guidance Group filter to only show pages with a particular problem. 

Use the Search bar to find pages that match a URL or page title. The search feature can be used to refine the list of pages displayed, based on a common part of a set of URLs. 

Click Export to generate a project wide report. You can select from the CSV or the PDF option. Our PDF option includes your Accessibility Score, a Guidelines Summary, an Impact Summary  that details the number of problems, the number of pages the problem is present on, and the percentage of pages with that issue. 

Viewing a Detailed Report

To view a page’s detail, Click Review. 

Your individual page accessibility score can be viewed here. 

You can navigate through a page’s Known, Likely, and Potential Problems by clicking the tabs. 

We show the Guideline Category, Criteria Number, Line where the Error can be found, and code samples that can be helpful to identify the problems in your code. 


After you have fixed accessibility problems in your live environment, you can either click Run Test again on your accessibility test overview page, or retest and individual page by clicking Refresh

Manual Testing and Archiving

There are situations where you will want to manually archive problems. This is especially critical when testing a Standard like WCAG 2.1, where most of the new criterion requires manual testing. 

You have several options to manually remove a problem from an accessibility test. 

On the right side of the accessibility test review, you will see a dropdown for Archive Issues. 

In the dropdown menu

Usw the Archive Problem when you need to archive a problem or set of problems only once. Select the problem or problems on the left side and select Archive Problem from the Archive Issues dropdown. 

Use the Always Archive Problem on This Page to prevent the same problems from showing up in any future tests of a specific page. 

Use the Always Archive Problem on All Pages to prevent the same problems from showing up in any future tests of all pages within a project. 

Using this option is a huge time saver during remediation. You can manually remove problems and clear out any false positives that you have identified.

Any criterion that requires manual testing will be flagged with the message MANUAL TESTING REQUIRED. If you have checked and believe your project passes a particular criterion, use the Archive Issues dropdown to remove that problem from the report. 

You will have a copy of all archived issues in the Archive Tab. If you archived a problem in error, just go to the Archived tab, select the item or items and select Add to Problems from the Archive Issues dropdown. 

You will need to refresh your browser to see any new changes to a report after manual archiving. 


You can visualize errors by clicking the Visualize link. This will open up your URL within our DYNO Analytics live browser tool. With our live browser tool, you can select different Standards and review accessibility problems visually. If you click on each icon on the live report, a popup will launch with the problem details. 


If you would like to delete one or more reports, click the Delete button located next to each report that you would like to delete.

Please note that deleting a sitemap project will automatically delete all corresponding accessibility reports permanently from our system. 


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