Ryan's Journey

New Accessibility Checker

I am not sure what to say about the AChecker by 34a Labs… Nice first try maybe?

Why am I so harsh?

Well, I instinctively put in my site. One of the “potential problems” reported is the following”

Tabular information may be missing table markup.

Well I am sorry to say, nothing on the page in question has a table, nor data of any kind that makes it look like a table. So if you try this checker, I wouldn’t take the results to heart quite yet.

With that being said, it has some hopes. The information is quite complete, with samples of valid code. I would however make the code in question highlighted somehow (color, a border, background color) within the code block. Currently it gives a full source code sample, which is a bit tedious to skim through if you don’t know what exactly is wrong.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Robert Yonaitis October 21st, 2009 @ 11:21  

    Ryan,

    First thanks for the comments. We figure the beta should last like 30 days and I hope to get you back for another try after the beta.

    If you can send the page tested we can maybe make it better! But you gave us some information to go on and we appreciate it.

    A “Great” tool like WebAIM’s WAVE, http://wave.webaim.org/, gives you great color markup and is one of the most long running tools out there. Our main goals are to get the tests checked in beta and to also get the web services working to integrate it fully in SharePoint and CKEDITOR! To keep this open source is huge and to release back into the wild.

    I am a firm believer of all feedback helps and I can appreciate that writing feedback takes time. So thanks again and nice to meet you digitally!

    -Rob Yonaitis

  2.  October 21st, 2009 @ 11:27  

    The page is my home page: http://rbenson.info/, I know I have a few errors…. I am quite familiar with WebAIM’s WAVE. I have not head of CKEditor yet, but will take a look at it.

    Nice to meet you also.

  3. Robert Yonaitis October 21st, 2009 @ 11:30  

    Forgot to say the site is a host site for AChecker: http://www.atutor.ca/achecker/ We are building Distributions and Implementations of the open source solution and contributing back

  4.  October 21st, 2009 @ 11:33  

    So 34aLabs is developing it for ATutor?

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