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Drupal and Section 508 accessibility testing

     
4:03 pm on May 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am going crazy looking at the options for checking section 508 accessibility for Drupal sites.

I found one that seems to be a toolbar for the content managers but, like a lot of the tools, there is no pricing shown. I have a request in for pricing with them.

Anyway, I'm wondering if there were any open source section 508 validators that will do the whole site. I'm in the process of searching for them but haven't found anything promising yet.

If there isn't anything open source, then I'm looking for something that would let us do periodic reviews of the site for compliance.

Thanks...

chris

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12:55 am on May 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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While there are testers, you will have to go through pages one by one. Are you aware of the Cynthia Says portal [contentquality.com]? It performs Section 508 and WCAG validation for your pages.

Is that what you are looking for, or something different?

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Thanks for the reply.. I saw Cynthia's Portal. I was hoping to find something that will report on the overall accessibility of the site and not have to go through it page by page.

The current site is just under 700 pages..

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Unfortunately, there is no such utility. In general, a site's accessibility and usability can only truly be measured after a manual review. The various tools/validators out there only serve to catch the most obvious mistakes.

How many different "types" of pages are there? It is certainly possible to have many pages, but only a limited set of page types. If that is the case, you could start by just validating each page type separately.