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Chapter Fourteen. Accessibility Basics > Myth: Dreamweaver MX/Watchfire's Bobby...

Myth: Dreamweaver MX/Watchfire's Bobby/Insert Tool Name Here Solves All Compliance Problems

Not true. These tools help, but they cannot take the place of human judgment. Watchfire's Bobby accessibility validation service [14.5] the Cynthia Says™ Portal (http://www.contentquality.com), or UseableNet's LIFT (http://www.usablenet.com/) can help you test for WAI or Section 508 conformance problems. Elements of LIFT that are present in Dreamweaver MX can also help you test and can encourage you to author more accessibly. But these tests and tools are not miracle cures or push-button solutions. Think of them as aids that can help you formulate best practices and identify specific problem areas on each project you develop.

14.5. Watchfire's Bobby (http://bobby.watchfire.com/), a free accessibility validation service that is available online, can help you whip your pages into conformance with WAI or Section 508 guidelines. But like all such software, Bobby has limitations, and you must evaluate its reports with judgment and common sense.



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