[Athen] Accessibility Audit software inquiry

Paul E. Paire paire at temple.edu
Thu May 17 13:18:09 PDT 2012


We're going to be looking for software to do self-audits for accessibility compliance. The tools commonly mentioned are:

DeQue workspace

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff



Has anyone had any experience with IBM's Rational Policy Tester? (the current successor to Bobby) http://www-01.ibm.com/software/awdtools/tester/policy/

Apparently it will do WCAG 2.0, as documented: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/sulrich/entry/what_s_new_in_rational_policy_tester_8_01?lang=en

IBM Rational Policy Tester Accessibility, Privacy and Quality Editions V8.0 includes the following enhancements:

Enhanced WCAG 2.0 compliance assessment capabilities, including WAI-ARIA (a standard for making Rich Internet Applications accessible)

New tooling for testing Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for accessibility issues

Enhanced scan engine performance, especially for sites using JavaScript

Enhanced support for automatically exploring and testing applications based on Ajax frameworks

Enhanced support for automatically exploring and testing WebSphere Portal applications

Enhanced REST API, providing the ability to create and run scans programmatically

The things we're looking for tool to be able to do are:

a) the ability to handle dynamic content and provide a script (username & password, submit X in field Y, select radio button Z, etc.)

b) the ability to track site-wide progress on specific accessibility measures over time

c) the ability to manually crawl through a site (for example, so a human can answer randomly generated test questions to proceed to the next page) and perform an accessibility analysis at various points through the crawl

d) the ability to have custom rules (i.e. all of 508 and select rules from WCAG 2.0 A, AA, and AAA, but not everything at all levels)

e) the ability to have different levels of users run the tool on their own site without being able to monkey around with enterprise level settings

f) reports that are easy for a novice to understand what needs to be remediated

g) a decent licensing scheme ... something like concurrent use (so that we can train a couple hundred people how to use it but don't have to pay for hundreds of licenses if there's only a handful using it concurrently)


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