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RE: Who can say that a web page is accessible according to wcag? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

From: Arch, Andrew <Andrew.Arch@finance.gov.au>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:54:23 +1100
To: "mpiazza@ig.com.br" <mpiazza@ig.com.br>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Hi Marcello,

Richard is right - while tools are a good starting point, you can't rely on them to tell you if a website is accessible. A good place to start learning about accessibility evaluation is "Evaluating Websites for Accessibility: Overview" and the other documents at http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/Overview.html

Good luck with the Masters.


-----Original Message-----
From: Userite [mailto:richard@userite.com] 
Sent: Monday, 12 December 2011 8:32 PM
To: mpiazza@ig.com.br; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Who can say that a web page is accessible according to wcag?

Hi Marcello,

No tool can tell you if a website is fully accessible. For example a non-human "tool" cannot say if link text, alternative text or heading text is meaningful or just gibberish. A human being needs to check these in person. A tool such as Wave and CynthiaSays ( or Bobby - if you can find a
copy) is a good starting point and will save you time, but you need a human to obtain a complete picture of compliance.
There are commercial firms (such as ours) who will do it for you, but if you are doing a master thesis it might be a good idea if you learnt to do it yourself. It is a fascinating exercise.
Best wishes

-----Original Message-----
From: Marcelo Piazza
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 7:07 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Who can say that a web page is accessible according to wcag?

Hello all!

I'm writing a master thesis about e-commerce and accessibility.

At this moment I need to evaluate a set of pages and assure that they are accessible according to WCAG 2.0 level A with sufficient techniques only (http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/).

I found some tools show me accessibility errors (Wave, Total Validator, Juicy, FAE, AChecker), but none of them says that a page conforms to certain accessibility level.

So I have two questions:

- How can I say that a site (or a web page) does really conforms to WCAG 2.0?

- Does exist a tool or an institution that evaluates a site and assures some kind of conformance to accessibility requirements (like wcag)?

Thank you!
Marcelo Alberto Piazza 


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