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Re: WebAIM's Accessibility Evaluation Framework

From: Vicente Luque Centeno <vlc@it.uc3m.es>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 12:49:35 +0100 (CET)
To: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
cc: Shane Anderson <shane@cpd2.usu.edu>, public-wai-ert@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0612061229360.12209@violin.it.uc3m.es>

I completely agree :-)

In fact, WAEX [1] is a recopilation of rules from several tools including 
Hera, ATRC, WebAIM, Taw, Bobby/WebXACT and some others, but using only 
XSLT, (not a self-developed XML file). I have also been able to rewrite 
these rules with XQuery, Clix and Schematron as well, but I found no 
important difference, only syntactic sugar (so I stayed in XSLT, a W3C 

If you can't find any rule from these tools at WAEX, please let me know.
I'd also be happy to have a common set of tests, so I'd be happy to join 
you in achieving such common set of tests. I also challenge W3C's WG to 
work towards this attempt, in order to provide a common set of tests for 
WCAG 2.0.

[1] http://www.it.uc3m.es/vlc/waex.html

Vicente Luque Centeno
Dep. Ingeniería Telemática
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

On Tue, 5 Dec 2006, Chris Ridpath wrote:

> Hi Shane,
> Thanks for letting us know about your accessibility testing framework and LRAE. Nice to see you're targeting formats other than HTML (Glade, XUL etc.)
> LRAE is similar to the XML language we use in our ATRC accessibility checker:
> http://checker.atrc.utoronto.ca/checks/checks.xml
> One of the problems we've encountered is that accessibility guideline makers do not clearly define how to test for compliance to their guidelines. So all the accessibility testing tools provide different results for the same content. This is very confusing for anyone using our tools and we'd like to collaborate on creating a common set of tests.
> The tests our checker uses are described at:
> http://checker.atrc.utoronto.ca/servlet/ShowCheck
> We'd be happy to work with you in the creation of a common set of tests.
> Cheers,
> Chris
>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: Shane Anderson
>  To: public-wai-ert@w3.org
>  Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2006 5:12 PM
>  Subject: WebAIM's Accessibility Evaluation Framework
>  Hi all
>  WebAIM has created a new framework for accessibility evaluation.
>  http://eval.webaim.org/
>  The strength of this system is that it not only evaluates HTML but also Linux Glade files, Mozilla XUL files, Open Document Format files, and any other formats using DOM.
>  We invite the members of this list to check it out and give us feedback (please do not announce this work to the world, it is still under development). We are looking to deliver the framework under the Mozilla tri-license and create a developer and user community around it. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in or supporting this work.
>  Thanks
>  Shane Anderson
>  WebAIM.org
Received on Wednesday, 6 December 2006 11:49:56 UTC

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