Compliance and accessibility guidelines for Web content

ACTF can check the target page's compliance with the following four accessibility guidelines for Web content.

Choosing accessibility guidelines to check

To choose the accessibility guidelines to check:

  1. Click Window > Preferences > ACTF > Guideline Checker.
  2. Select the accessibility guidelines you want the tool to use in its accessibility and usability review.
  3. Select the evaluation metrics you want the tool to use in its accessibility and usability review.
  4. Select Line Number Information check box if you want the tool to indicate the line on which a problem is detected in the blind mode. Line numbers are presented in the line view of the problem list.
    If you want the tool to evaluate the runtime Document Object Model of the target page, deselect this check box. (This is useful when checking certain JavaScript-based pages.)

Working with the problem list

Two categories appear in the Tree View pane, Essential problems and User checks. They are classified according to whether or not they are automatically detected.

Essential problems are automatically detected by the checker and must be addressed. The Essential problems category consists of both compliance problems and advanced problems detected by the checker. User checks are problems that should be reviewed individually, and the author must decide whether to resolve them or to postpone resolving them (or to ignore them).

In the Line View pane, each line shows the corresponding checkpoints of the selected accessibility guidelines. The checkpoints of WCAG, Section 508, and JIS are specified in their own formats, with digits divided by a period (e.g. "13.6"), a letter (e.g. "o"), two digits and a letter divided by periods (e.g. "5.1.a"), or a digit (e.g. "8"), respectively. These formats and the corresponding descriptions and techniques you can use to address each problem are described at the websites of these guidelines.

The help pages are available by right-clicking a line and selecting View Help from the context menu. The context menus are also available by pressing Shift+F10.

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