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Re: Enterprise Level Accessibility Testing Tools


From: Morin, Gary (NIH/OD) [E]
Date: Feb 25, 2011 12:42PM

I just took a look at the Parasoft website and there's nothing written up about accessibility or Section 508 conformance anywhere on their site - product overview, core capabilities, information as to whether the product itself is Section 508 conformant or accessible.

Here at the US HHS, we're required to use "Accenture," though many organizations also use Deque, IBM/Watchfire and HiSoft in addition to the HHS-mandated Accenture.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Kiss [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Enterprise Level Accessibility Testing Tools

You may or may not want to look at Parasoft SOATest
(http://www.parasoft.com/jsp/products/soatest.jsp?itemId=101). It is an
enterprise level test suite that includes automated tests for Section
508 and WCAG 2, and customisable rules. While the accessibility tools
are there, they do seem to be just one part of what is a larger set of
functional, load, security and other testing tools, so I wouldn't say
that it is a tool fully dedicated to testing accessibility like SSB
Bart's AMP or Deque Worldspace.

I don't know what the software is like these days. I used it years ago
when it was just called Parasoft Webking, and you could get the
functional and static code analysis package on its own without all the
load, security, and other stuff. One thing I liked about it then was the
ability to build custom rules to do things like verify that certain
images, for example logos, had specific alt-text that was required by
the technical specs of the contract.



On 25/02/11 01:02, Elle wrote:
>> Hi, Mike!
> Also, include SSB Bart's Accessibility Management Platform (AMP):
> https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/amp/index.php. After that, you've got all the
> ones we looked at when we were doing our research, and I believe, all the
> major enterprise level tools.
> All the best,
> Elle
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From:< <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:37:10 -0600
>> Subject: [WebAIM] Enterprise Level Accessibility Testing Tools
>> Hi folks,
>> I am doing a bit of market research on enterprise level accessibility
>> testing tools and want to make sure that I am not missing anything. So far
>> we have Deque, IBM/Watchfire and HiSoft on the list. We are looking at
>> systems capable of scanning large websites. Anyone else that we should be
>> looking at?
>> Mike Moore
>> Accessibility Coordinator, DARS