In order for us to make all our web pages compliant with the Section 508 guidelines, it is essential that we use the require settings mandated by the university.
To change report settings:
Go to Settings » Report Settings… and Report Settings dialog box opens.
In the Report Mode tab, select option Section 508 Report Mode. (Figure 1)
Figure 1 - Report Settings
Click the Report Detail tab.
In the Report Details Options section, select the Show only checkpoints that have a failure or warning result option button.
Under the Checkpoint Detail section, select the Show only the detail items I select in the report option button.
Select the Locations of elements that Failed accessibility checks check box . (Figure 2)
Figure 2 - Report Details
Click the Save button. Report Settings Saved Successfully! Click the OK button to close dialog box.
To change rule settings:
Go to Settings » Accessibility Rule Settings….
The Basic, Image Maps, Table, Frames, and Non W3C check boxes need to be marked.
The Failsafe check box should be left unmarked.
Under the Frames check box, for checkpoint 6.3.8, click the edit button and add the text “.pdf+adobe;.doc+word;.xls+excel;.ppt+powerpoint".
Under the Non W3C check box, for checkpoint (o), add the text "Skip to the content^Skip^Jump to main Content^Skip Navigation". (Figure 3)
Figure 3 - Rule Settings
Click the Ok button. Accessibility Rule Settings Saved Successfully! Click the OK button to close dialog box.
To change repair settings:
Go to Settings » AccRepair Settings…. The AccRepair Settings dialog box opens.
The Verification Only Mode check box should be left unmarked.
Click the Save button. AccRepair Settings successfully saved. Click the OK button to close dialog box. (Figure 4)
Figure 4 - AccRepair Settings
For AccVerify, you have the option to open one file, or several files or even a Files List. The File List is created by AccVerify, which can also be edited in Notepad or similar programs.
To select local files:
Go to File » Select File(s) or File List… and the Select Files dialog box opens.
Select specific files by press and hold the [CTRL] key and select the desired files or to select all files, press and hold [Shift] and select the first and the last files in that group. (Figure 5)
Figure 5 - Select Files
The Selected Files section is located at the bottom right hand side. You can click on the Save List… button to create a HiSoftware File List (*.hfl) file. (Figure 6)
Figure 6 - Selected Files
To select files from the web:
Go to File » Browse and Select from the Web.
Enter the URL of your site in the Domain text box and click the Browse Now button.
A list of web pages will appear. Click on the Close button. (Figure 7)
Figure 7 - Browse and Select Files from Web for Verification
AccVerify will announce how many files have been selected. Click the OK button to close dialog box.
You also have the option of creating a list by clicking on the Save List… button.
When the file(s) are being verified, AccVerify gives the option of running the AccRepair Wizard.
Once you have your file(s) open and ready to be validated, you can click on the Verify button.
To continue with Repair Wizard:
In the middle of the verification process, AccVerify will ask whether you want to start AccRepair Remediation Wizard. Click the Yes button.(Figure 8)
Figure 8 - Run the AccRepair Wizard
The Automatically Fix Errors from the AccRepair Library check box should be marked.
Click the Next ›› button to continue the process of AccRepair.(Figure 9)
Figure 9 - AccRepair Wizard
The dialog box that appears next depends on the type of error your file has. The following figures are examples of what might appear. (Figure 10, Figure 11, Figure 12 and Figure 13)
Figure 10 - Image Text Editor
Figure 11 - Object Element Alternative Text Editor
Figure 12 - FRAME Element Title Alternate Text Editor
Figure 13 - Edit NOSCRIPT Element Text
Fill in the missing fields and click the Ok button.
Once the Finish button appears click on it to save your changes.
AccVerify will ask if you want to proceed with another validation. Click the Yes button.
If you had decided not to run AccRepair, the validation will continue normally.
Files that do not pass will be listed under the
heading in the left frame. Select the file and review the accessibility report for
information regarding potential web accessibility violations. If you do not know
how to repair any of the errors please review the following page at the Accessibility
Form Repair Utility
If you have a form on your page that has not pass validation, the form repair
utility can help make it accessible. We suggest reviewing the following page in
order to understand how forms work:
To run the Form Utility:
Go to Tools » Form Repair Utility… and the Form Utility – Editor dialog box opens.(Figure 14)
Figure 14 - Form Utility - Editor
In the Form Fields section, click on the input element from you would like to modify. Notice that the corresponding HTML has been highlighted inside Form HTML Source.
Click the Field Label tab to set up a label for the input element.
If you want to get rid of the label that’s already there, click the Clear Label button.
If the text you want to set as the label is already in the HTML, use the Use existing text for this field’s label option button, then select the text in the Form HTML Source box and click the Set Label button.
If the text you want is not in the Form HTML Source text area or you want to create new text for a label, click the Enter new text to use for this field’s label option button, and type in the text you want for a label, select where you want the label to set and click the Set Label button.
Click the Field Properties tab to edit the AccessKey and TabIndex values.
To set an AccessKey for the selected input element, enter a value in the AccessKey Attribute Value text field and click the Update Element button.
To set the Tab Index for the selected input element, enter a number or use the up and down buttons in the TabIndex Attribute Value spin box and click the Update Element button.
To set Alt text for the selected input element, type the alt text into the Alt Attribute Value text box and click Update Element button.
Now you can run spell check by clicking the Spelling… button on the bottom.
To preview the selected input element, click the Preview… button on the bottom. A new dialog box will be opened displaying the selected form element.
Once you are satisfied with the form, click the Finish button to proceed to the next form on the page.(Figure 15)
Figure 15 - Form Fields
Table Repair Utility
The Table Utility assists users in making data tables accessible. If the table
is used to present data in tabular format, then the user must add header cells or
associate header cells to data cells. This must be accomplished using the appropriate
markup for tables as a screen reader will be able to associate the data cells of
the table with the header cells. Sometimes data table have grid lines, and
often appear in grid format, though many times, the designer has decided not to
show gridlines. There are several options available for making a data table accessible.
These options for creating an accessible table often depend on the nature of the
table. For more details on creating your own accessible tables visit:
To use Table Repair Utility after verification:
Go to Tools » Table Repair Utility…. The Table Utility Editor Dialog box will come up.
If the detected table is a data table, you will need to switch to the Table Grid View to identify the correct row and column headers. (Figure 16)
Figure 16 - Table Utility – Editor
Mark the Make all cells in these row(s) Table Header (TH) cells check box and identify the appropriate row number.
Also mark the Add scope attribute to Table Header cells check box.
You can also easily change the scope tag using the Scope, Headers, and Axis button. Click on the Scope Wizard… button and identify the appropriate row and column cells in the Table Grid View. Click the Update button to complete the Scope Wizard. (Figure 17)
Figure 17 - Scope Wizard
Complete the data table information by selecting the Type, Summary, and Caption button and entering the summary and caption information (optional).
Click the Finish button to save your changes.