IBM AbilityLab Compliance Checker

IBM AbilityLab Compliance CheckerIBM AbilityLab Compliance Checker

Check your content against standards and requirements — automatically.


Play by the rules

Web content developers must often “play by the rules” when they develop applications and Web pages. Most companies establish standards for creating, testing, and publishing the content they want to be seen by their current and potential customers. And, there are governmental standards regulating everything from privacy and security to accessibility.

In the accessibility area alone, government requirements such as the US Section 508 guidelines and the UK Disability Discrimination Act stipulate that content must be usable by all people and give guidance on how to ensure that happens.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a magic button you could push that would provide easy to use assistance to test Web content against a set of customizable rules before it goes live? Now you do — the IBM® AbilityLab™ Compliance Checker.

This project is a server-based policy verification service that can be integrated into various content creation and management applications. It checks against common industry accessibility standards and can be customized to accommodate an organization's specific policies, even those beyond accessibility.

Push the button

The Compliance Checker provides a policy verification service that developers can connect to their tools and applications. Then, content developers who use these client tools and applications are able access consistent, effective verification reports. This assists the content developers to find, understand and repair policy issues.

One such client tool is IBM AbilityLab HTML Accessibility Checker. The HTML Accessibility Checker integrates accessibility checking functionality into Firebug, a popular and powerful DHTML developer tool. By connecting the Compliance Checker service with Firebug, HTML Accessibility Checker is able to provide a verification report that integrates into the rich functionality that Firebug already provides.

The Compliance Checker can also make a significant impact on how content is created in applications like wikis. Wiki designers can connect their content editing widgets to the Compliance Checker service in order to provide feedback to the wiki's content developers. Wiki designers can choose how to integrate Compliance Checker reports into the user interface to best meet the needs of their users. For example, one wiki designer might choose to have content submitted when a user tries to save the page, and will only allow the save to complete if all of the policy issues are repaired. Another wiki designer may choose to be less invasive and will only display a report if the user requests it by clicking a button on the toolbar.

System requirements

The IBM AbilityLab Compliance Checker works with WebSphere® Application Server (WAS) 6.1 or 7.0 and has the same system requirements.

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