Accessibility Scanner

The university currently offers SortSite, an automated web-based accessibilty scanner to teams on campus.  SortSite scans whole websites or individual pages.  For quick checks of a page, consider using the WAVE extension within Chrome.

What is SortSite?

SortSite is a tool by PowerMapper that allows you to evaluate your Web site for accessibility requirements.  It uses the WCAG 2 standards, which is the new Federal standard. The complete list of what SortSite will check for is

  • accessibility issues
  • basic coding errors
  • browser compatibility
  • legal compliance issues
  • search engine optimization
  • valid code standards
  • usability issues

How do I get access to SortSite?

SortSite is available to teams on campus.  To acquire a team account, send the following information to

  • Primary Contact Name
  • Primary Contact Email
  • User Account Email (if different from Primary Contact Email)
  • Team Name
  • Approximate Number of Users on Team

Sortsite is also available in the VCL for individual users.  We recommend trying Sortsite in the VCL first to see if it meets your needs.  The VCL image name for it is “Accessibility Tool for Web Evaluation.”

What is the difference between the VCL version and the web-based version?

The VCL version does not remember any settings from one session to the next.  Every time you log in to the VCL version it is like running SortSite for the first time.  To run a basic scan with SortSite, there are very few settings which have to be made.  You also need to make sure to export the results of your scan to your local computer before closing your VCL session.

The web-based version adds a few extra benefits.

  1. You can schedule unmonitored scans of your site.
  2. SortSite will remember your preferences between sessions, which can be important for larger sites where you might need more granular control over what exactly is scanned within your site.
  3. SortSite will graph a history of your site’s compliance over time.

How do I use SortSite?

Here is a Quick Start Guide for using SortSite.