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Re: Automation? (was Label vs ALT tag on form elements)


From: Shadi Abou-Zahra
Date: Mar 23, 2007 10:00AM


Jared Smith wrote:
> On 3/23/07, Michael D. Roush < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Would it be helpful to have an automated checking tool that would
>> analyze a bit of code (i.e., a web page), and give a report about real
>> or potential difficulties with various assistive technologies?
> Doing this testing would require a test suite of documents that you
> could test various AT against. This set of documents could be as
> valuable as the AT testing itself. I have yet to find a nice set of
> document for testing AT and even accessibility reporting tools. The
> W3C has the beginnings of these documents, but they really are quite
> far from being useful at this point. Does anyone know of anything
> better?

Just to give a pointer to this work, W3C/WAI is developing a repository
of such tests for the WCAG 2.0 Techniques. The aim is to provide support
for developers of evaluation tools, authoring tools, user agents, and
assistive technologies, as well as to serve as a collection of best
practices for Web developers:
- <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tests/>;

As you correctly note, this is quite a big project and we are currently
only at the start of it. Please contact me if you are interested in
contributing tests or in helping to review and refine contributions (we
have a couple hundred contributions in queue right now).


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