Data for the validation
- Write your name.
- This information is optional, but it is useful if you will want to return to your work later.
- Write the address of the page to be tested.
- Use a complete URI to identify the page.
For example: http://www.sidar.org/index.php.
- Choose the order of presentation for the checkpoints from the Accessibility Guidelines:
(You can change this ordering preference later.)
- Numbering: All the checkpoints in their numerical order.
- Elements: All the checkpoints, grouped according to types of structure.
- Priority 1: Only the checkpoints of priority 1.
- Priority 2: Only the checkpoints of priority 2.
- Priority 3: Only the checkpoints of priority 3.
- Use the button "Start" to continue.
- If there are no errors in the data, the page will open to choose each checkpoint for evaluation.
Note: Before beginning the work, HERA will check that it is possible to open the page indicated. If not, it will re-present the first form, asking for the information to be corrected.
Selection of the point to validate
- Page contains one or several tables with checkpoints form Accesibility Guidelines for Web Content 1.0, according to the chosen order.
- The first column contains a button identified with the corresponding checkpoint, the second column contains the complete text about the checkpoint.
- If there are any results already saved registries, an icon appears beside the corresponding checkpoint, to indicate this.
- To proceed to the review of a checkpoint, activate the corresponding button.
- You can re-order the presentation of checkpoints, by numbering, by elements to be reviewd or by priorities.
Validating each checkpoint
- After header, it appears in the first place, the complete text of the checkpoint from Accessibility Guidelines and itīs priority.
- Procedures Button: Shows and explains the tools to review the checkpoint.
- Instructions: Indicates what to take in account when making the review of each point.
- Results noting: (optional) If you wish to carry a registry of the results of revision, you can use this form.
- Write Report: Once finished the review of all points, if you have registered your observations, you can use this form to generate an inform page.
- Choose another checkpoint: Shows the complete list of checkpoints.
- "Procedures" box contains one or several buttons which represent the tools to be used (these buttons opens the page that is being reviewed in a new window)
- Tools identified with Sidarīs icon consist, most of them, in cascade stylesheets (CSS) applied to the chosen page in order make the review easier. It indicates in each case the elements identified with the CSS.
- To review some checkpoints, HERA connects directly with W3C validation tools, the document sintax validator and the CSSī validator.
- To review some checkpoints, HERA connects directly to Cynthia, which is prepared to simplify those reviews.
- For some checkpoints a magnifier is shown and the "visual" text. It indicates the only way to review that checkpoint is by watching those elements in the page.
- if it appears the Remove Authorīs style option it menas that, besides applying HERA review Stylesheet, if this checkbox is marked, author-defined styles will be removed from page.
Depending on the case, this option could help to identify the elements that need to be reviewed (for example, invisible images) or avoid elements with absolute positions to flap with the CSS messages.
- Complementary tools:
- Displays in a new window the page as it was originally designed by its author. This can be useful tho check naviagation issues and dynamic elements in general.
- In some cases itīs necessary to analyse the code of the page being reviewd. This option displays the code without modifications, numbering each line of the file.
- Similar to the previous option, but using different background colors and layers to simplify the identifications of structural elements (this operation tends to delay more than the other one).
The views of the original page or the source will open in a new window as it will be necessary to make comparisons.
The instructions detail all the aspects that you should keep in mind when revising each checkpoint.
In some cases they contain detailed procedures for evaluating the checkpoint. In others only ideas and general advice expanding on the concepts of each checkpoint.
- The form allows you to record the results of reviewing some checkpoint.
- There is a selection field with 6 (six) options:
Select the appropriate result for the checkpoint being reviewed.
- "Not Tested"
- "Donīt Know" and
- "Not applicable"
- There is a text field to write an optional comment about the review of this checkpoint.
- After clicking the "Send" button, if data has been correctly registered in database, a confirmation message will show the data stored.
You can also leave a checkpoint "Not Tested" but write a comment. This checkpoint even with the comment will still be counted as awaiting review.
- This page will allow you to generate a report of the results recorded, at any time.
- You can title each report however you want and add an optional comment. (This comment can be any length and can include HTML markup)
- The report opens in the same secondary window used for reviews. Youīll be able to print and save from that window.
- Display: Choose this if you want the report to
include all checkpoints or only those that have already been reviewed, in case the report had been done about a particular group of checkpoints.
- Donīt Include: If you select displaying only reviewed checkpoints, you can exclude from the list those with specific results.
For example: if you are not interested in displaying not applicable checkpoints, select the corresponding checkbox to exclude them from report.
Choose another point
The button "Choose another Checkpoint" will take you to the page for selecting checkpoints
There is also a drop-down menu that shows all the checkpoints for which no result is recorded. Use this if you don't want to check the entire list.
HERA-XP is a limited version of HERA, meant for someone who needs to test one or two checkpoints, but does not need a report, nor to do a full evaluation of a page or site.
In this version, you simply provide the page address (URI), click the button "Accept", and follow the same procedure as with HERA.
HERA-XP offers the same options and functionalities as its big sister, but does not keep any results, and so cannot generate a report.