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Compliance Corner

Compliance corner comprises a series of issues that have arisen in the context of projects meeting technical standards. This page covers:

Testing your webpages

There are numerous services available to help you investigate whether your website is meeting both NOF-digi and international standards on accessibility and validation.

Some of the most commonly used services are listed below:

W3C Mark-Up Validation Service
This online, free service checks XHTML and HTML documents for conformance to W3C recommendations. Both online and local files can be tested.

W3C CSS Validation Service
This free, online service checks the validity of online Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The service can also be downloaded to run tests from your own computer.

Web Accessibility - A-Prompt
A-Prompt is a free, downloadable tool from the University of Toronto. The tool's evaluation and repair checklist is based on accessibility guidelines created and maintained by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the W3C. Note that the tool works only on files on your computer (as opposed to those on the web) and currently works on some Microsoft Operating Systems (i.e. 95/98/NT/2000) only.

Web Accessibility - Wave
This is a free, online service from Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT). Webpages can be tested against different standards, including those of the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative. Both online and local files can be tested.

Web Accessibility - Bobby
Bobby, hosted by the Watchfire company, is a limited free service. Online webpages can be tested against standards such as the W3C WAI, but users can only make one test per minute. A downloadable version of Bobby can be purchased for $99 - users can then make as many tests as they require.


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