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RE: Commercial accessibility tools


From: julian.rickards@ndm.gov.on.ca
Date: May 15, 2003 9:13AM

We use LIFT with FrontPage. We (our government ministry) purchased it in the
Fall of 2002 and used it to make our pages as accessible as we could with it
- we were working to make our web sites accessible by December 31, 2002. My
opinion is that it helps but it is not the cat's behind although we have not
upgraded since December. For the expense, I would not recommend it because
it still requires a sound knowledge of HTML and WCAG (or Section 508) and
CSS. The tool becomes a plugin to FP and we got it to work with FP2000 and
FP2002. There are features in FP2002 that are not present in FP2000 so to
insert a title= attribute requires manual entry. I find that FP is not very
good with CSS and so it did not fully meet our needs.

LIFT could have been a powerful tool for making data tables accessible
because in most cases, it detected simple, moderate and complex tables and
was prepared to adjust the coding appropriately. However, some tables, after
coding properly, were still detected as incorrect by LIFT.

> Has anyone done a commercial accessibility tool comparison or
> have any
> experience with or opinions of: ...

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