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Re: Online ADA plugin?


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Mar 28, 2019 4:10PM

Any claims like this are not only inaccurate, they are what I would
describe as bovine
There are a bunch of issues that can't be fixed by a plugin:

* How does a plugin know if an image needs an alt text, given that
there are 4 ways to assign a text alternative to an image, does it
even know if it has one?
* How does it know if there is animation on the page or if videos on
the page are captioned?
* How is it going to find keyboard accessibility issues?

I've never heard of the vendor but I would ask any vendor of an
accessibility tool questions such as:

* Do you have people on W3C working groups related to accessibility or
other accessibility expert groups?
* How many of your developers and staff have accessibility credentials
such as IAAP certifications?
* Show example of your work (you can accessibility test the so-called
accessible page to see if it's really accessible).

Ask them how they deal with issues like color contrast, deciding about
alt text, does the tool understand ARiA, does it simulate interactions
like invalid form submission or bringing up a dialog.

I don't know this particular tool and I don't mean disreppect to
whoever I writing it, but those kinds of claims would instantly set
off dozens of alarms for me, if something sounds too good to be true,
it usually is.
See also the recent discussion of accessibility overlays.


On 3/28/19, Colleen Gratzer, Gratzer Graphics < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> I'm curious if anyone here has tried out the Online ADA plugin:
> https://adaplugin.com/
> It claims to scan and update your entire website for accessibility in
> minutes.
> If you have used it, did you find that it did a decent job?
> Colleen Gratzer
> Chief Creative Officer :: Accessibility Specialist
> Gratzer Graphics LLC :: https://gratzergraphics.com
> Design Domination podcast host
> > > > >

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