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Tools for Accessibility Testing?
      #477878 - 04/23/08 08:02 AM

Hi

I am testing a website to Accessbility and DDA compliance.
We are using the W3C guidelines as set in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines v1.0 meet Priority 2.

There seems to be plenty of tools and add-ons out there
Firefox Accessibility Extenstion
Firefox Wave Toolbar
But my question is which tool can you use to certify that your site is sticking to the guidelines?

I am looking at the
Rational Policy Tester and aDesigner
Has anyone used either of these tools?
Can anyone recommend a different tool?


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thinktest
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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Compact]
      #479453 - 04/29/08 08:15 AM

im using TAW3 tool > which you have mentioned in the firefox addon.

CSE HTML Validator 7.0 tool
and
Xenu link checker.

these are the tools that i have filtered among the other tools available.

The tools that you mentioned are impressive, i came accross something like this called Watchfire WebXM also called as bobby. but now its not available as IBM bought it.

have you got a copy the tools that you mentioned?
i would like to try them out!
thank you
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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Compact]
      #480958 - 05/06/08 01:28 AM

Check this

http://www.userite.com/certification.htm

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Compact]
      #481133 - 05/06/08 09:05 AM

You can find a pretty decent list of Accessibility tools on the W3C site http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/complete.

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: efficientQA]
      #492919 - 06/19/08 03:26 AM

Hi
Quick update question
I have now reviewed and run most of the free tools and paid tools.
(TAW, WAVE, Total Validator, HTMl Validator) (AccVerify, Policy Tester)

Does anyone know of a tool you can run against a page that does NOT require connection to the internet (for sensitive data sites) and can produce a small report for each page.
Spider tools will not work for me as the site is very much content driven with forms on most pages.


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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Compact]
      #495852 - 06/30/08 05:45 AM

Can you not set up a internal web server and then run the software against the software internally? rather than putting this out to the internet.

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: andy_radmore]
      #564748 - 04/23/09 08:53 AM

hi,

I've been testing accessibility for online voting systems and the easiest way to test it is to do it manually. The guidelines are good and some of the tools are pretty good, but they often aren't right and the only real way to work it out is to design, develop and test against the guidelines from the start and manually.

That's my experience anyway. I used the tools for guidance and my own eye and judgement for the detail.

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: rob_lambert]
      #564877 - 04/23/09 07:36 PM

What you are describing, Rob, is usability not accessibility testing (which is what this thread is about).

Accessibility refers to the ability of a blind user (using assistive software such as JAWS, WindowEyes or Microsoft Narrator), or a partially-sighted person working with or without assistive software, to be able to extract the same information from the web page/site as a sighted user can.

As such, your "eye and judgment" (assuming you are sighted) doesn't do the job.


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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Peter Ruscoe]
      #564978 - 04/24/09 05:23 AM

Accessibility testing is not only about visual impairments. It's about overall "access" issues.

Motor skill issues, hearing impairments, differing cognitive abilities, etc may (and often must) be tested as well. For these, using "eye and judgment" may indeed be appropriate and/or necessary.

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #566298 - 04/30/09 02:17 PM

Quite true, Joe. But nor does the experience of a "average Joe (sorry!)" suffice to assess usability, unless the tester has specific experience in usability issues.

I should have said "... refers primarily ..." because most majoraccessibility issues have to do with the blind user in my (admittedly limited)experience.

Edited by Peter Ruscoe (05/14/09 10:40 AM)


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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Compact]
      #568911 - 05/13/09 11:59 PM

I hope Wave, aDesigner, Worldspace tools will help you.

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: testty]
      #573014 - 06/04/09 02:04 PM

From my experience the best way to find out what is good for accessibility and bad for accessibility is to experience it yourself as a tester. I would install a reader and a magnifyer on your machine and use them. A good benchmark of what works well is www.bbc.co.uk then try looking at other sites to see how bad some sites really are.

The problem with the tools is that as with many things they don't do the whole job. They can check for instance that images all have alt text they cannot however check if this text is relevant which is very important to a blind user.

In work we use webking which can be setup to check for AA compliance etc as stated above it will not do the whole job but does check many of the issues.

Be aware when talking about accessibility standards that v1.0 is not particularly good which is why they have produced v2.0 which while in its infancy is much more practical and comprehensive.

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: andy_radmore]
      #593496 - 09/29/09 04:25 AM

Hi Peter,

I was describing accessibility in my early post. We've just obtained W3C AAA and ELMER compliance for a project we were doing and the tools, although extremely useful, do not give the 100% all clear.

There are contradictory rules which require human judgement and the only way to really make sure is to design it from the ground up and manually check it. And the manual check is only truly effective if done by people with accessibility issues, using accessibility tools and aids.

No tool can tell you the context is right. Is the label assigned to a field correct? A tool cannot tell you that. It can tell you the label is missing but nothing more.

I put together a blog of useful resources here:
http://blogs.imeta.co.uk/RLambert/archiv...-resources.aspx

Rob..

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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: rob_lambert]
      #593877 - 09/30/09 02:30 PM

Quote:

And the manual check is only truly effective if done by people with accessibility issues, using accessibility tools and aids.



That's the key point, which you did not mention originally.


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Re: Tools for Accessibility Testing? [Re: Peter Ruscoe]
      #642160 - 09/14/10 12:34 PM

We used JAWS , Imageviewer for this

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