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Web Accessibility Report Tool

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 14:45:18 +0000 (GMT)
To: w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0101291423130.1236-100000@fenris.webthing.com>

I just tried this tool for the first time.

On first reading, I had expected it to perform automated online
tests, in the manner of Site Valet or Bobby.  When I found the
response to be very slow, I naturally thought it was fetching
and analysing my page.  But I find it's a purely manual process.

It seems to me that if this tool becomes popular, it could easily
be abused (intentionally or otherwise) to "cry wolf" with bogus
reports.  Indeed, I could even use it as a spam machine, by
pointing a 'bot at it and causing it to crawl the web and mail
messages 'from' Site Valet or any other such service to webmasters.

Most of the tests implied in rep3.cgi *can be* easily automated.
Can I suggest that automation be built into the service where possible,
to help users prepare reports and - more importantly - avoid generating
bogus reports that could devalue the service / bring it into disrepute.

I've got the software, so I can put my money where my mouth is here.
If anyone would like a more detailed proposal, let me know.

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Nick Kew
Received on Monday, 29 January 2001 09:46:21 GMT

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