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Re: Where's Bobby? Are we left with Cynthia?

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 08:39:28 -0600
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <b968e36.813ade94.81deb00@expms1.cites.uiuc.edu>

Here at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (USA) we
are building a new tool that will hopefully address functional
web accessibility.  

Beta version 0.82:
http://cita.disability.uiuc.edu/software/wamt

Accessibility Visualizer:
http://devserv.rehab.uiuc.edu/visualizer/

The current user interface needs alot of improvement, so we
will be releasing a new beta version 0.90 next month that we
hope will address a number of concerns web developers have
identified from the usability studies we have been doing. 

The tool will be open source (free) and the architecture will
make it easy for people to internationalize (all text will be
in XML files).

We welcome feedback and participation in the development of
the tool.  

Jon


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 11:40:44 -0000
>From: Julian Voelcker <asp@tvw.net>  
>Subject: Re: Where's Bobby? Are we left with Cynthia?  
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>
>
>Personally I am glad to see Bobby go.
>
>So often I have been in to see a new client and all they are
concerned 
>about is making sure they their site adheres to the Bobby
'standard'.  
>When you strat to talk to them about it is obvious that they
have never 
>heard of the W3C or WCAG.
>
>Also, they will show you other similar sites that they like
and I 
>usually find the sites will have the little Bobby logo, but
then when 
>you start digging in many cases either only the home page is
accessible 
>or the site has only passed the automated tests, but failed
the manual 
>check.
>
>Hopefully with Bobby gone, website owners and developers will
start to 
>think a bit more deeply about website accessibility and what is 
>involved.
>-- 
>Cheers,
>
>Julian Voelcker
>Cirencester, United Kingdom
>
>
>


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Director of IT Accessibility Services
Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES)
and 
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES)

Voice: (217) 244-5870
Fax: (217) 333-0248
Cell: (217) 714-6313

E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu

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