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)
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.
Use to evaluate webpage compliance with accessibility guidelines and thereby assist with achieving compliance with these guidelines.
Evaluation and Observation
The portal provides web page designers an easy way to determine whether their page complies with accessibility guidelines and best practices.
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
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.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The portal is easy to use. One merely has to enter the URL of a page to review and the service generates the report.
Making the the suggested corrections recommended by this tool may require a sophisticated knowledge of webpage design and programming.