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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Bobby 3.2 Webpage Access

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 05, 2006 by Faculty Development
Overview: Bobby is a free service provided by Center for Applied Special Technology
(CAST)to help Web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to
access by individuals with disabilities. This website provides free access to
page-at-a-time Bobby testing, as well as access to the free, fully downloadable
version of Bobby. (Reference: ADA)
Learning Goals: To become familiar with existing accessibility guidelines by exposing barriers
to accessibility.
Target Student Population: Designers of web pages, whether faculty or students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No skills are required to run the portal, but one needs to know how to develop
and design web pages in order to apply Bobby's recommendations for compliance.
Type of Material: An accessibility module in a free online portal.
Recommended Uses: Use to evaluate webpage compliance with accessibility guidelines and thereby
assist with achieving compliance with these guidelines.

Technical Requirements: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The portal provides web page designers an easy way to determine whether their
page complies with accessibility guidelines and best practices.
Concerns: The report generates violations, but it is difficult to determine the specific
item on a web page that is in violation.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This portal has great potential for use as a tool to teach web page designers
how to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and U.S. Section 508
Guidelines.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The portal is easy to use. One merely has to enter the URL of a page to review
and the service generates the report.
Concerns: Making the the suggested corrections recommended by this tool may require a
sophisticated knowledge of webpage design and programming.

Other Issues and Comments: