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Re: [corrected] New revision of the document "Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools" available

From: Andrew Arch <andrew.arch@nils.org.au>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 00:15:46 +1100
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http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/eval/selectingtools.html - 4 February 2005

Looking good Shadi - great list in Section 3. A few comments below.

Subsection: Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools which Generate Reports
Should we add that these types of tools often report on all/most of the
pages on a web site if required?

Subsection: Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools for Manual Checkpoints
I think we should also say something along the lines of "many manual tools
also provide visual feedback on a web page"

Section: 3. Evaluating Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools
In the introduction, I think we should stress than no tools (for WCAG 1.0)
can test all Checkpoints and that the organisation and/or evaluator will
probably require a combination of tools to undertake a comprehensive
conformance evaluation.

Subsection: Checkpoint Coverage
You say "tools should address the remaining checkpoints by determining their
relevance" - no tool can check for clear link text or consistent navigation,
so how can it check for the relevance of these checkpoints? They can
certainly "assist Web developers in evaluating them".

Subsection: Integration
"plug-in interfaces" - authoring tools are mentioned. I think we also
mention that others "plug-in" to user-agents/browsers

Subsection: Site Coverage
You write "Evaluation tools should be able to evaluate whole groups of
related pages". I think this only applies to checkpoints that can be
automatically evaluated. Need to clarify.

Regards,  Andrew
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