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Platform Accessibility Testing

This page describes some useful techniques and tools to test your Eclipse application for accessibility issues.


  • Switch to High Contrast mode. We support Windows XP High Contrast at 1152 x 764 as our test platform but others should be tested as well.
  • Test with stock themes. If you cannot get a good colour setup with them also test with reduced palette.


  • Switch to High Contrast Mode as above.
  • Use large fonts and extra large fonts
  • Turn up monitor resoltion and lower DPI

Accessible Listeners

  • Many people test for accessibility using a commercial tool such as Window Eyes or JAWs. Any failures with these tools should be verified using something that calls the MSAA API (on Windows) such as inspect32.

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