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Hi Barbara,
Greg Kraus recommended SortSite to us, and it's been a great little testing tool we use to test for accessibility. It's crazy cheap too, especially compared to the big companies like HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff. Make sure to look for their educational price which makes it even less expensive.
We've been very happy with the tool.
Best,
Karen

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
www.pcc.edu/access
Portland Community College
971-722-4720
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”  Tim Berners-Lee

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Hi Karen,

Thank you very much.  I'm going test it on Monday.

Best,

Barbara

From: Karen Sorensen <karen.sorensen@PCC.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv <ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014 2:45 PM
To: "ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] software to test websites

Hi Barbara,
Greg Kraus recommended SortSite to us, and it's been a great little testing tool we use to test for accessibility. It's crazy cheap too, especially compared to the big companies like HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff. Make sure to look for their educational price which makes it even less expensive.
We've been very happy with the tool.
Best,
Karen

Karen M. Sorensen
Accessibility Advocate for Online Courses
www.pcc.edu/access
Portland Community College
971-722-4720
"The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.”  Tim Berners-Lee

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Hi Barbara, 

We just purchased and installed the desktop version of SortSite Pro. I made a few setting adjustments to block it from running through navigation links I didn't need it to check and it seems like it will be a great tool for us. 

Kathleen Stone
Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design
Center for Distance Learning 
Empire State College
113 West Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 580-2962


We do use SortSite at NC State. It is a desktop, Windows-based application. In fact, we have several licenses for it so multiple people can use it. It does differ from the enterprise-level solutions that are out there in that it is designed more for evaluating single Web sites. If you are running SortSite centrally, it is not set up to easily create individual reports for individual Web sites, although with some manual work you can make it do that. You just have to set up different scanning jobs for each site you want. SortSite even has some automation in it to automatically scan sites on a periodic basis. If you only have a single license, the problem you will run into is distributing the reports to the individual Web site owners. SortSite does have exportable reports, but you have to take the time to do them and get them to the right people. That's why we have multiple licenses - so Web site owners can run the reports themselves. Two big advantages SortSite has over several other solutions are the cost and the ability to easily scan password protected pages. That being said, we are actually moving in a different direction for enterprise-level scanning. We have created a custom enterprise-level solution based on the WAVE API. We have found it to be very effective on our campus. Currently it is only available to NC State Web site owners, but I am working on ways to make this tool available to others to use. Even with our custom solution, I don't see us dropping our SortSite licenses yet, as it still gives us the easiest way to scan password protected pages. Greg -- Greg Kraus University IT Accessibility Coordinator NC State University 919.513.4087 gdkraus@ncsu.edu http://go.ncsu.edu/itaccess
Thank you Greg. I did a quick test and I really liked it. I am looking forward to seeing what you can share from NC State. Barbara On 2/3/14 5:53 AM, "Greg Kraus" wrote: >We do use SortSite at NC State. It is a desktop, Windows-based >application. In fact, we have several licenses for it so multiple >people can use it. It does differ from the enterprise-level solutions >that are out there in that it is designed more for evaluating single >Web sites. If you are running SortSite centrally, it is not set up to >easily create individual reports for individual Web sites, although >with some manual work you can make it do that. You just have to set up >different scanning jobs for each site you want. SortSite even has some >automation in it to automatically scan sites on a periodic basis. If >you only have a single license, the problem you will run into is >distributing the reports to the individual Web site owners. SortSite >does have exportable reports, but you have to take the time to do them >and get them to the right people. That's why we have multiple licenses >- so Web site owners can run the reports themselves. > >Two big advantages SortSite has over several other solutions are the >cost and the ability to easily scan password protected pages. > >That being said, we are actually moving in a different direction for >enterprise-level scanning. We have created a custom enterprise-level >solution based on the WAVE API. We have found it to be very effective >on our campus. Currently it is only available to NC State Web site >owners, but I am working on ways to make this tool available to others >to use. > >Even with our custom solution, I don't see us dropping our SortSite >licenses yet, as it still gives us the easiest way to scan password >protected pages. > >Greg >-- >Greg Kraus >University IT Accessibility Coordinator >NC State University >919.513.4087 >gdkraus@ncsu.edu >http://go.ncsu.edu/itaccess > > >
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I just took a look at your video describing the application. Can you tell me how well it works with a screen reader. As well if you save the reports what format are they in and can you easily say repeat test or do you have to go through each time. Thanks Lucia Greco Web Access Evangelist IST - Architecture, Platforms, and Integration University of California, Berkeley (510) 289-6008 skype: lucia1-greco http://webaccess.berkeley.edu follow me on twitter @accessaces -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Greg Kraus Sent: Monday, February 03, 2014 5:53 AM To: ITACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [ITACCESS] software to test websites We do use SortSite at NC State. It is a desktop, Windows-based application. In fact, we have several licenses for it so multiple people can use it. It does differ from the enterprise-level solutions that are out there in that it is designed more for evaluating single Web sites. If you are running SortSite centrally, it is not set up to easily create individual reports for individual Web sites, although with some manual work you can make it do that. You just have to set up different scanning jobs for each site you want. SortSite even has some automation in it to automatically scan sites on a periodic basis. If you only have a single license, the problem you will run into is distributing the reports to the individual Web site owners. SortSite does have exportable reports, but you have to take the time to do them and get them to the right people. That's why we have multiple licenses - so Web site owners can run the reports themselves. Two big advantages SortSite has over several other solutions are the cost and the ability to easily scan password protected pages. That being said, we are actually moving in a different direction for enterprise-level scanning. We have created a custom enterprise-level solution based on the WAVE API. We have found it to be very effective on our campus. Currently it is only available to NC State Web site owners, but I am working on ways to make this tool available to others to use. Even with our custom solution, I don't see us dropping our SortSite licenses yet, as it still gives us the easiest way to scan password protected pages. Greg -- Greg Kraus University IT Accessibility Coordinator NC State University 919.513.4087 gdkraus@ncsu.edu http://go.ncsu.edu/itaccess
Hi Lucia, All of the output from our application is HTML-based, and we have total control over how it is output, so we have made it very accessible. You run into some natural accessibility problems when you try to report accessibility errors within the context of an inaccessible page, but we let users view accessibility error details in two ways - within the context of the page and as a list of text-based details. The report is static and stored in a database until you request a rescan, so you can go back and view it very easily. Let me know if you have any other questions. Greg -- Greg Kraus University IT Accessibility Coordinator NC State University 919.513.4087 gdkraus@ncsu.edu http://go.ncsu.edu/itaccess
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