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Re: Accessibility evaluation methodology

From: <kvotis@iti.gr>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:00:23 +0300
Message-ID: <78478e16bc37e9f1d34871bcecda02e5.squirrel@mail.iti.gr>
To: "Detlev Fischer" <fischer@dias.de>
Cc: public-wai-evaltf@w3.org
Regarding existing accessibility methodologies i would like to introduce
the ACCESSIBLE FP7 methodology (http://www.accessible-project.eu) for the
evaluation of Web and Mobile Web applications.

The WCAG2 + mobileok+ARIA tool is available in two versions:
1. standalone version
2. Web version supported through the ACCESSIBLE portal

Both of them could be downloaded / accessed through the ACCESSBILE Web
site http://www.accessible-project.eu (final versions will be released
until next February 2012)

The user has different options to assess the preferred web site and are
the following:

- Evaluate the Web Site against specific guidelines (WCAG 2.0, ARIA,
- Quick evaluation against specific guidelines (light assessment)
- Evaluate the Web Site against Personas and different categories of
The user can Specify the preferable number of the web pages that wants to
evaluate through the web crawler settings panel. The default value for the
maximum number of pages is ten. Also secured (https) web pages are being
Moreover the tool supports the accessibility assessment of html source code

By clicking on each of the identified errors the corresponding problematic
elements can be presented to the evaluator, along with further
information, such as the description of the detected error and a suggested
tip in order to solve the problem.

By clicking on the detected warnings, the tool provides to the user the
information concerning these warnings. Additionally, the user can decide
whether the detected warnings are errors or whether they should be ignored
by the Web Assessment Tool.

The results can be presented to the user with five different ways. These are:
-Full Report
-Show only Errors/Warnings
-EARL report
-EARL report (PDF)
-PDF report

A video presentation for the standalone version can be accessed through
the following link: ftp://ftp.iti.gr/pub/incoming/WaaT.wmv



Dr. Konstantinos Votis
Computer Engineer & Informatics,PhD, Msc, MBA
Research Associate
Informatics and Telematics Institute
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
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Tel.: +30-2311-257722
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E-mail : kvotis@iti.gr

> 1. a page level self test (open to everyone after registration)
> 2. a design support tests with a single tester
> 3. a final (conformance) tests with two independent testers and a
>     concluding arbitration process to resolve differences in both
> assessments.


> As input to the collection of extant publicly documented accessibility
> evaluation methodologies, here is a short description of BITV-Test:
> BITV-Test (www.bitvtest.eu) is a German-language web application for
> website accessibility evaluation according to the German
> implementation of WCAG 2.0, BITV 2.0.
> BITV-Test is based on WCAG 2.0 Level AA (with minor deviations such as
> the inclusion of AAA-Level SC "2.4.8 Position"). It provides a
> hands-on, tried and tested procedure for expert evaluation with
> references to tools (e.g., Web tool bars) and support for the
> interpretation of check results. Test steps also reference WCAG
> techniques and failures.
> Here is a more detailed English description of BITV-Test:
> http://www.bitvtest.eu/bitv_test/intro/overview.html
> BITV-Test is available in three forms:
> 1. a page level self test (open to everyone after registration)
> 2. a design support tests with a single tester
> 3. a final (conformance) tests with two independent testers and a
>     concluding arbitration process to resolve differences in both
> assessments.
> Some more features of BITV-Test:
> * The test procedure in form 2 and 3 is quality-controlled, e.g., the
>    tester's page sample selection must be checked and approved by a member
>    of the BITV-Test quality assurance team
> * The test procedure is fully documented at http://testen.bitvtest2.de
>    (a full English translation is under preparation)
> * The web application generates a website test report as accessible PDF
>    containing all checkpoint assessments and comments
> * If desired by the client, the test report is published as HTML and
>    then permanently available for independent verification. This is what a
>    report looks like: http://testen.bitvtest2.de/index.php?a=ti&sid=2005
> * BITV-Test uses a score (five grades between "fully conforming" and
>    "fails to conform") for rating the accessibility of pages per
> checkpoint.
>    The final score is expressed as "X points out of 100" (where 100 points
>    would be a flawless site).
> * BITV-Test does not separate WCAG Level A and AA. It does not offer,
>    at the time being, separate conformance testing for WCAG on
>    level A or level AAA
> --
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