Java Access Bridge Support – 64 Bit Windows

The Java Access Bridge now works with 64 bit windows and JAWS. While this support has been included for several months there are still questions.

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How do I determine if my web site or application is Section 508 compliant?

By far the most common question we receive here at SSB BART Group is how do I determine if this thing is 508 compliant? To answer that question we have to at three key questions. To be 508 compliant you have to be able to answer each question in the affirmative. The questions are:

  • Did we write the application in a fashion that conforms to the coding requirements in the relevant standards? Did we code it right? (Technical Requirements)
  • Can people with disabilities using the application complete the core tasks of the application? Does the application as a whole produce an accessible experience? Can people with disabilities use it? (Functional Requirements)
  • Is the deployment context of the application accessible? Does the information, documentation, support and training produce an accessible experience? (Support Requirements)
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The importance of covering all bases when implementing CAPTCHA

In this article, we discuss the purpose and usage of Captcha. Specifically, how Captcha is used and made accessible, and the benefits and drawbacks of.

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Remarks on Internet Explorer 9 Accessibility and Compatibility with Assistive Technology

The release of Internet Explorer 9 has brought about new accessibility challenges which have, as a result, necessitated many assistive technology manufacturers to release new.

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Google Web Toolkit and Accessibility

Google’s Web Toolkit (GWT) and enhanced version GXT provides a framework for creating Ajax enabled sites and applications. Beginning with version 1.5 (the current version.

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Why We Don’t Test Skip Links Automatically

The other day a customer was evaluating AMP and asked a question about how we were testing for skip links. The question went something like the following:

We were evaluating AMP and performed an automatic scan of a test site. We noticed that the scan did not flag the issue “Provide a mechanism for skipping past repetitive navigation links” even though this clearly is a violation. This seems like a pretty glaring omission in the tool and something we would have expected AMP would have caught. Can you explain the testing method AMP uses, and why this might not have been reported?

Here was our answer:

Actually, SSB does provide an automatic test for link group detection and skip links in InFocus – the automatic testing engine provided in AMP. This link detection algorithm is quite advanced and is currently in patent pending status with the US Patent Trademark Office. By default, however, this test is disabled and AMP instead requires that users test conformance for this best practice as part of global system tests.

This raises a particularly interesting question – If your test is so great, why do you turn it off by default? As noted above, that would seem to be a glaring omission. The short answer to this question is that automatic tests for skips links – and this include our tests and those of our competitors – are unsafe and yield an exceptionally high number of false negatives. In practice this means that they falsely indicate a non-compliant page is compliant which is very dangerous. Given this, since 2006 SSB has opted to deactivate this automatic test and, by default, require a global test to be executed to validate the accessibility of a given page.

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Looking for Object Inspector and other MSAA tools?

There are many great tools that allow testers and developers to explore the Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) information exposed by application including Flash and Flex.

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Accessibility Testing Tool Requirements

Lately at SSB our R&D team has been working on the roadmap for our Accessibility Management Platform (AMP), focusing in particular on what work we.

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How to get a VPAT

Many customers come to SSB with the goal of getting a VPAT for their product. (Often that happens sometime between April and July when the.

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Section 508 Testing Approaches

So you know that you have to comply with Section 508 and now you want to understand your options for testing that compliance. This post covers the basic choices for how to do 508 testing and evaluation requirements for your testing infrastructure.

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