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Another discontinued Watchfire product...

From: Jacob Rose <jrose@lgb-inc.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 08:09:02 -0600
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <1138802945.32ED7D70@bf12.dngr.org>

My team tried WebQA last summer, and was waiting on the client's budget 
to provide us with funds for licenses for it when, as the Watchfire 
salesman says, "that product was sunsetted," a euphemism for "you can't 
get that anymore, but we'd be happy to sell you stupendously more 
expensive products." WebQA had a one-time license costing several 
hundred dollars per desktop (which we budgeted for) vs. the several 
thousand dollars per month (!) Watchfire wants to let you run your own 
WebXM server.

If you aren't familiar with WebQA, it was a desktop-based spidering 
validator for WCAG/508 (among other standards) that let you set up 
scripts to walk through various features of your application. We can't 
scan our application via a web site: it's on a private network, and 
contains private data. I wish they'd open-sourced (and dropped official 
support for) WebQA rather than killing and burying it, depriving people 
altogether of its utility.

Anyway, does anyone have suggestions for comparable tools to WebQA?

Jacob Rose
LGB & Associates, Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 1 February 2006 14:09:24 UTC

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