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Re: Bobby - a bad tool

From: ATutor <info@atutor.ca>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 16:36:00 -0400
Message-ID: <418006B0.8040608@atutor.ca>
To: Brent Morris <brainsquared@gmail.com>
CC: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>, Alice Good <alice.good@port.ac.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hello Alice
APrompt and AChecker, from Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, might be 
worth looking at. APrompt is free Windows based evaluation and repair 
tool. AChecker is a free web service.



Brent Morris wrote:

>I would also recommend RAMP from Deque[1], I spent the last summer
>researching accessibility tools for a government institution. I found
>that Deque's software was the easiest to use by a person not trained
>at checking web accessibility. I also found that it had the lowest
>amount of false positives and false negatives.
>I would not recommend CynthiaSays[2] or it's commercial version
>AccVerify[3], I tested it extensively and found that it missed many
>errors that Ramp did not.
>I looked at InFocus[4] and LIFT[5] too. But I was not particularly
>happy with these products. InFocus was okay but I found it slow and
>not user-friendly for those nont experienced with HTML. And I couldn't
>convince the people at LIFT to provide our organization to test how
>well it worked so I don't trust it.
>Brent Morris
>[1] http://www.deque.com
>[2] http://www.cynthiasays.com
>[3] http://www.hisoftware.com
>[4] http://www.ssbtechnologies.com
>[5] http://www.usablenet.com
>On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 15:12:52 -0400, Sailesh Panchang
><sailesh.panchang@deque.com> wrote:
>>Hello Alice, 
>>>Can anyone recommend a credible accessbility >checker please?
>>You could try Ramp from Deque Systems (www.deque.com). It has both
>>accessibility checker as well as repair capabilities. Ramp can handle 15 of
>>the 16 Sec 508 checks and most of the   WCAG 1.0 checks. One can check only
>>against specific Sec 508 paragraphs or specific WCAG checkpoints and turn
>>off the others. 
>>It lets the evaluator choose how certain violations are to be identified  
>>based on a set of options. 
>>For some checks it asks questions with specific answer choices based on
>>which it determines if the code presents an accessibility barrier. The
>>repair can be done in two stages: some violations can be autofixed by Ramp
>>and can be  done across a Web page or the site or folder that has been
>>evaluated. It presents a dialog box approach for the rest. Its reporting
>>capabilities are extensive too and meets needs of Managers, developers and
>>reviewers. I can go on but it is best you write to me off list. 
>>Sailesh Panchang
>>Senior Accessibility Engineer 
>>Deque Systems,11180  Sunrise Valley Drive, 
>>4th Floor, Reston VA 20191
>>Tel: 703-225-0380 Extension 105 
>>E-mail: sailesh.panchang@deque.com
>>Fax: 703-225-0387
>>* Look up <http://www.deque.com> * 
Received on Wednesday, 27 October 2004 20:35:49 UTC

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