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Watchfire Bobby and WebXact Discontinued

Free Tool No Longer Available

6:31 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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As of February 1, 2008 the Watchfire WebXact and Bobby Online products will no longer be publicly available. As an IBM Company, Watchfire will continue to invest in accessibility through the IBM Rational Policy Tester Accessibility Edition solution (previously WebXM Accessibility Module).

For many years, I've used the tools from Watchfire to perform spot checks on websites from an accessbility perspective, it was a great online tool at no charge. As of 2008 February 1, that tool is no longer available.

IBM has enhanced the initial product and you can now purchase it for...

IBM Rational Policy Tester Accessibility Edition Resource Value Unit License + SW Maintenance 12 Months 1,580.00

Yes, $1,580.00, yikes. I've now reverted over to additional tools that I have available to me through FrontPage and Expression Web which are just as powerful as the original Bobby Validator.

Now I have quite a few sites to go through and remove my Bobby icons and links to the WebXact tool which is no longer there.

Imagine the W3C doing something similar? I mean, I use those /referer links on W3C icons all over the web. I sure hope they don't have any plans for eliminating their free validation services. I've sent them support money (donations) for my use. :)

7:19 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I found out about this service [totalvalidator.com] on this very forum.

I like it so much that I brought their host software (Pro Version).

I also highly recommend Hermish, but he's on sabbatical right now. I have it on good authority we'll be seeing his smiling mug again soon.

I haven't used WebXact in ages. Same for Bobby.

4:49 pm on Feb 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Ahh! I just went to WebXact today and discovered Bobby was no longer available. Sad, because it was an awesome free tool. I guess we can't complain because it was free, but still....

Thanks cmarshall for the tip on totalvalidator.

11:08 am on Feb 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How about Cynthia says? Any of you using it? It's a lot faster that Bobby for automated accessibility checks.

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