University Web Developers

University Web Developers

I noticed Knowibility is now offering AccessWorks Usability and Accessibility Testing.

 http://www.knowbility.org/v/service-detail/AccessWorks-Testing-Port...

Anyone here tried it?

Suggestions on best tool for evaluating how accessible a site is include pdf, word docs, video? I'm gearing up for a year of improving accessibility on our College and School web site.

Appreciate your responses.

Best,

Laurie

Views: 180

Replies to This Discussion

I'm also interested in hearing what others are doing for accessibility testing tools. Working on a redesign and accessibility testing will be coming up soon.

Doug

At our university there is a center that is dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities and other physical disabilities, and we were lucky enough to work with them and set up some user tests with students who use screen readers and other assistive technologies.  If you have the opportunity I would highly suggest watching someone use your site with a screen reader like JAWS.  Just watching them for a few minutes gave us a ton of valuable insight.  As web developers we can understand and implement the Section 508 recommendations and use accessibility evaluation tools, but seeing users first-hand really brings these concepts to light.

With my eyes. I'm not being snarky, I realistically find anything that scanners and tools can find, I can account for programatically with my CMS, and everything else requires human vetting anyway. And I just assume that if it's not something that I created, more than likely it has accessibility problems, unless it's just plain text.

How much do you stay away from PDFs? I understand they can be made accessible, but that it can be time consuming.

It's impossible. There's no way I could stop people from posting them, and those that do wouldn't know the first thing about making them accessible. We have over 5000 non-HTML content items on the site, 4700 are PDFs.

Yikes. I'm trying to develop a more accessible site and am not sure how to tackle this. I have little time and zero resources to create hundreds or thousands of pdfs to html equivalents or even tag pdfs appropriately. It's a full-time job. So, which approach do you suggest? Control what you can and let all else fly?

RSS

Elsewhere

Latest Activity

Eloine Chapman joined Anne Petersen's group
Thumbnail

Usability

A group for those interested in usability principles, practices, and testing.
Feb 9
Eloine Chapman replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"I see that this site is associated with a mailing list. I don't see a place to sign up for that?"
Feb 9
Eloine Chapman joined Lynn Zawie's group
Thumbnail

OmniUpdate

Share your experiences using OmniUpdate CMS
Feb 9
Eloine Chapman joined Mark Greenfield's group
Thumbnail

Accessibility

This group is for all those interested in Web Accessibility.See More
Feb 9
Eloine Chapman replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Yeah! I didn't know about the mug. I gotta go get one. I am happy to hear about OmniUpdate valuing this since we signed up a few months ago. I am still developing some templates but I can't wait to use the system."
Feb 9
Profile IconAngela Polczynski and Alan Baker joined University Web Developers
Feb 9
Jason Bryner replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Wonderful! Thanks OmniUpdate!"
Feb 8
Jamie George replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Dear person reading this, No more mugs.  How do I drink my delicious coffee now?   Sleepy webdev, JG"
Feb 7
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Thank you OmniUpdate."
Feb 7
Profile IconJamie George, Doug Bluff, MsMardyWilson and 5 more joined University Web Developers
Feb 7
Andrea S Wasiura joined Michelle Cryan's group
Thumbnail

SUNY

For SUNY-related conversations. State University of New York web peeps should join. Others are welcome.
Feb 7
Colleen McKeone replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Thank you. I already have a mug and it is well used."
Feb 6
Matt Casteel replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"That's great news. Thanks for all you work to keep this wonderful tool available to the community."
Feb 6
Robin Ruetenik joined Mark Greenfield's group
Thumbnail

Accessibility

This group is for all those interested in Web Accessibility.See More
Feb 6
Dennis Guten replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Sweet news Mark. BTW, I love my mug and use it daily coffee."
Feb 6
Sylvia Nicosia replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"Great news!"
Feb 6
A. Watson replied to Mark Greenfield's discussion The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On
"nice"
Feb 6
Jeanine Schoessler joined Lynn Zawie's group
Thumbnail

OmniUpdate

Share your experiences using OmniUpdate CMS
Feb 6
Joanie Chembars joined DNI's group
Thumbnail

Cascade Server CMS

For folks who use (or are interested in) Hannon Hill's Cascade Server CMS productSee More
Feb 6
Mark Greenfield posted a discussion

The UWEBD Social Network Will Live On

I am happy to announce that the uwebd social network will live on thanks to our friends at OmniUpdate. OmniUpdate is a major supporter of collaboration and knowledge sharing within the higher ed community and is pleased to continue their sponsorship of the uwebd site.  And for a limited time you can still get a free uwebd mug by clicking on the graphic on the home page.Moving forward, I will be making some changes to the site. If there are new features you would like to see, old features we…See More
Feb 6

UWEBD has been in existence for more than 10 years and is the very best email discussion list on the Internet, in any industry, on any topic

About

© 2017   Created by Mark Greenfield.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service