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Re: Accessible .Net forms


From: julian.rickards@ndm.gov.on.ca
Date: Sep 22, 2004 12:04PM

I am getting an error indicating the page you refer to can't be found. Is it
behind a firewall? If so, then you can't test it with one of the online
validators. However, what you could do is to display the page in your
browser, save the page as something.html on your computer and then upload
the page to a validator.

Julian Rickards
A/Digital Publications Distribution Coordinator
Publication Services Section,
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines,
Vox: 705-670-5608 / Fax: 705-670-5960

-----Original Message-----
From: jill.lenz [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 1:27 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible .Net forms

Hello all,

Anyone have experience checking pages complied from Microsoft .Net for

A group of programmers in my college asked for a web accessibility
presentation from me. They are just switching from coding in Cold Fusion
Studio to Microsoft .Net. I know nothing about MS .Net as I'm not a
programmer. I typically use Dreamweaver for creating web pages.

I asked for a .Net sample to evaluate. A programmer compiled this page
at http://maat.cvmbs.colostate.edu/sop/sopmain.aspx
I was told &quot;The only thing that works right now is go to the
Administrative Functions menu, then click Create a New Group. You can
add the info and click the 'continue' button but it doesn't go anywhere
right now (it just stores stuff in the db).&quot; So there's not a lot of
functionality built in yet, just something preliminary for me to review.

I tried running the page thru http://validator.w3.org to first check the
markup of this main page. It seems the online validators can't handle
the .aspx pages.

How can I validate online? I tried this method but maybe there's a
better solution . . . I saved the .aspx file as .htm to my desktop and
then was able to validate at http://validator.w3.org. But I'm going to
run into problems with validators such as Bobby or Cynthia Says that can
only validate a URI, not a file from my hard drive and I don't have
access privileges to the programmers site, although I could physcially
work with them in person to have them upload the saved .htm from .aspx
files to their site for validation if that's the procedure we need to
follow. Seems clumsy.

Is there a better method?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Jill

P.S. Here's a rough outline of topics I plan to cover with them. Any

Web Accessibility for Programmers 9/23/04

Code in XHTML 1.0 Transitional or Strict
-Per recommendations by the W3C
-More on why at http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/2004/xhtml-faq
-Tool to help convert and identify areas of concern

Validate Mark Up
-Password-protected pages produce