Thread Subject: Re: Proposal on authoring tools
This archival content is maintained by WebAIM and NCDAE on behalf of TEITAC and the U.S. Access Board . Additional details on the updates to section 508 and section 255 can be found at the Access Board web site.
From: Walser, Kate
Date: Tue, Jun 12 2007 12:20 PM
- Return to this mailing list's archives
- View all messages in this thread
- Next message in thread: Hoffman, Allen: "Re: Proposal on authoring tools"
- Previous message in thread: Dana Simberkoff: "Re: Proposal on authoring tools"
- Messages sorted by: Author | Thread | Date
With respect to proposed Authoring Tool guideline #5 (authoring tools
must include a mode to check for accessibility problems),
Kate Walser asked if implementing guideline #5 would prohibit new tool
development given patented accessibility-checking capabilities on the
Dana Simberkoff replied that ATAG 2.0 defines "authoring tool" as
software or a collection of software components, so any products used
together (e.g., base tool and plug-in) or separately (e.g., markup
editor, image editor, validation tool) count whether there's formal
collaboration between product developers.
Kate replies: Thanks, Dana. That answers one question.
The next question ties back to evaluating competing products in light of
a potential guideline #5. How would this standard be evaluated by an
agency looking to purchase an authoring tool, if the agency already has
purchased an accessibility-checking tool?
Example: Agency X issues a solicitation that requests technical and cost
information about an authoring tool that will enable Agency X to
implement a goal. Let's say it's implementing a new Web site in this
Company A decides to respond and has an authoring tool that includes
accessibility-checking capabilities, which they've licensed from Company
Company B responds as well and has a different authoring tool. Their
tool does not incorporate accessibility-checking capabilities. In fact,
Company B doesn't even care about this provision as they expect agencies
will have their own tools.
When Agency X evaluates Company A and B's responses, aside from the new
guideline #5, all else is equal. Company A better meets the criteria,
but Company B meets the rest of the criteria and the agency already has
the accessibility checking tool. Plus Company B's tool is cheaper.
So it seems like Company B could win out given best value and agency
ownership of the tool already though Company A has worked harder to
follow the standards and may have been doing so for years (e.g., let's
say they'd built in the accessibility checking feature when the original
508 was out).
Is this a realistic scenario? If not, I'll be silent. Am just concerned
that with guideline #5, using "must" creates issues and using "should"
creates even more and makes it difficult for an agency to evaluate
Director, Usability Center of Excellence
SRA International, Inc.
4300 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033
- Next message in Thread: Hoffman, Allen: "Re: Proposal on authoring tools"
- Previous message in Thread: Dana Simberkoff: "Re: Proposal on authoring tools"