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Re: Automated WCAG testing tool that is also a good crawler


From: Swift, Daniel P.
Date: Oct 31, 2017 7:40AM


We use SortSite (about 80% of the way down the list). It sounds like it does everything that you are describing -- tops out at 15,000 pages I believe during its automated crawl. For the automated crawl, you pick a starting URL and it crawls secondary, tertiary, etc. pages from there. This setting is defined by the user so you can choose how 'deep' it crawls.

I feel like the UI is a little dated, but it is working out well for us.

Dan Swift
Senior Web Specialist
Enterprise Services
West Chester University

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Roel Van Gils
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:47 AM
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Subject: [WebAIM] Automated WCAG testing tool that is also a good crawler

I'm looking for an automated testing tool hat is *also* a good and reliable web crawler, meaning: it should be smart enough traverse a site structure at least three levels deep (and also knows when to stop, how to identify itself, throttle requests etc.).

I've tested a dozen of the tools on the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List on the W3C site (https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/). When enabling the filter 'Groups of web pages or web sites', I get a few tools, but it seems they only allow to add URLs manually. That's not what I'm looking for.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

(BTW: I'm perfectly aware that only about 20% of WCAG can be tested reliably, and human judgement is necessary in most cases.)


Roel Van Gils
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