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RE: Section 508 Evaluation Tools


From: Jim Thatcher
Date: Apr 22, 2002 11:46AM

Hi Kitzzy,

I am working on an evaluation of web evaluation tools for ITTATC
(Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center,
www.ittatc.org, Georgia Tech) which is funded by NIDR in support of Section
508 and 255. The evaluation will be completed in the middle of May and be on
my site and on the ITTATC site soon after that. It includes a discussion of
what can be tested by software and what requires human evaluation for the
Section 508 provisions. A report on two tools and an early draft of that
testing write up is available at http://jimthatcher.com/er2.htm. These
sources may help in your very interesting enterprise.

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-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]On Behalf Of
Kitzzy Aviles
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 10:50 AM
Subject: Section 508 Evaluation Tools


My department would like to put together the following:


"a documented methodology with respect to the various 508 checks, for


(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g.,
via alt tags, longdesc, or in element content).

TOOL(S): - manual check, utilities, software?
Use Dreamweaver utility to check for?
Use Bobby to check for? etc."


Basically, whats the best method/tool to test each individual standard as
we know that not everything can be tested with just one method/tool. Is
something like this already out there that I could use or to help me get
started? I have a pretty good idea of what these are, but I figured I'd ask
before begining the whole thing