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RE: Commercial accessibility tools


From: Michael Burks
Date: May 15, 2003 10:32AM


I have used HiSoftware tools extensively and found them easy to use and
highly accurate

This included AccVerify/AccMonitor, and Cynthia Says
(http://www.cynthisays.com). The reports are easy to understand and
Cynthia Says has extensive information about accessibility.

Cynthia Says is available online and as a product for a reasonable
price. It is available to K - 12 for free if you can document that you
are working in the K-12 Arena.

Please note the caveat about all automated tools. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND
ACCESSIBILITY to use the tools and to generate accurate reports and to
fix the accessibility problems. You cannot get accurate results if you
do not. This is a HUGE problem. It is not due to the developers of
these tools but to many of those who despite repeated warnings, persist
in the belief that these tools can solve all accessibliity problems.
They cannot, they are tools and they should be used that way. The
people who build and sell these tools do not make such claims, but
nonetheless the beliefs persist.


Mike Burks
-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 11:43 AM
Subject: Commercial accessibility tools


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

- AccVerify & AccVerify Server (Hi Software)
- WebXM (Wacthfire)
- InFocus (SSB Technologies)
- PageScreamer and PageScreamer Spider (Crunchy Technologies)
- AccessEnable (RetroAccess)
- Others?

Laura _________________________________________________________________
Laura L. Carlson
Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812-3009

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