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RE: Free, Multi-Platform Accessibility Analysis Tools

From: David M. Clark <david@davidsaccess.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 20:45:57 -0500
To: "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn@idyllmtn.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001201c19c9d$37211cc0$3301a8c0@tb>

Yeah -- there is the best and only tool out there that is truly accurate
and cross platform -- your brain.

I say this only partly in jest. Especially in the context of a course,
why push tools AT ALL?



David M. Clark
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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Kynn Bartlett
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2002 7:31 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Free, Multi-Platform Accessibility Analysis Tools

Hi everyone,

As you know, I teach an online course in web accessibility through
the HTML Writers Guild (access.idyllmtn.com/d201). This is week
two currently; until this session of the course, week two's exercise
has been to download and use Bobby.

However, Bobby is no longer free, and I can't justify requiring my
students to pay $99 extra, beyond the course fees, to complete the
course.  So I am looking for a replacement for Bobby.

A-Prompt (aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca) is useful but unfortunately
only works on Windows -- and I likewise don't feel it's appropriate
to require that my students use specific operating systems and
hardware in order to complete coursework.  Ideally, it should run
on at least Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.

So does anyone know of any free accessibility analysis tools --
even something with a limited trial (e.g. 30 days) -- that runs on
more than one platform?


PS:  I'm personally very disappointed with this, and it's what led
      me to lament the "commercialization of accessibility" last
      month.  The fact that there are no longer any freely available
      tools for web accessibility is, in my opinion, a major setback
      for The Cause.

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                 http://kynn.com
Chief Technologist, Idyll Mountain            http://idyllmtn.com
Web Accessibility Expert-for-hire          http://kynn.com/resume
January Web Accessibility eCourse           http://kynn.com/+d201
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