Replace Watchfire Bobby with WebXACT

Watchfire's Bobby application (bobby.watchfire.com) has been replaced by WebXACT (webxact.watchfire.com).

Like the old Bobby, WebXACT tests the accessibility of the specified website according to certain accessibility guidelines. Both the appearance and functionality have been given a nice update improving the presentation and options available.

The WebXACT website provides instructions on how to add the necessary code to your website that will create a form that when submitted will test your site for accessibility.

However, to me, 30 lines of code and another form on my page seemed a little bulky. Fortunately there's another, simpler way ... just setup the following URL:

http://webxact.watchfire.com/submit.aspx
?scanurl=http://www.mysite.com/&gl=sec508&ar=1


For Section 508 accessibility, use gl=sec508
For W3C WCAG - A Compliance, use gl=wcag1-a
For W3C WCAG - AA Compliance, use gl=wcag1-aa
For W3C WCAG - AAA Compliance, use gl=wcag1-aaa

Definition of other options:
&fr=1 : Collect code fragements
&cl=1 : Scan for broken links
&ar=1 : Automatically update status
&rs=1 : Remember settings (only for scanform.aspx)
&sa=1 : Show advanced options (only for scanform.aspx)
&complete=1 : Unsure ???

The default is 0, so if the option is not specified, it won't be set.

It is recommended to use the option "Automatically update status" (&ar=1) otherwise the scan will not finish unless the user manually updates the status.

The options to "Collect code fragements" and "Scan for broken links" may be useful during development but can be set to 0 (or removed) to speed up the scan.

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User comments

Bravo!

I'd found that my validator link wasn't working, and that they'd decommissioned the online Bobby service. Did a search for bobby and webxact, and bam! Found your site with the exact info I needed.

Thanks a million!

Joel

Thank goodness I found this!

I needed the accessibility check links on every page of my site, so I had to cobble together some php scripting to make the links automatically pass the correct page URL. For what it's worth to anyone else, the code used:

$x1 = "http://webxact.watchfire.com/submit.aspx?scanurl=";
$x3 = "&gl=sec508&ar=1";
$x4 = "&gl=wcag1-aaa&ar=1";
$page ="http://www.mysite.com". $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'];
$p = rawurlencode($page);
$url1 = $x1. $p. $x3;
$url2 = $x1. $p. $x4;
?>

AndyB

hmm .. let's hope the Admin can amend my post so you actually see the html code, rather than me experimenting with the post.

AndyB

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