Watchfire Launches Free Online Testing Service

May 16, 2003

Watchfire Corporation, a provider of Web site management software and services, has announced the launch of Watchfire WebXACT, a free online service that allows users to test single pages of Web content for quality, privacy, and accessibility issues. WebXACT checks one page of Web content at a time and reports results through Web-based reports that help expose Web site defects. By testing pages on their site with WebXACT, developers can encourage compliance with industry standards and best practices. Upon entering a URL, WebXACT results are immediate and returned in a summary report that show a snapshot of a page's quality, accessibility, and privacy health. The Quality Status Report in WebXACT explains the page's quality issues and indicates whether it has defects like broken links or anchors, warnings, or issues with the page. WebXACT also identifies common issues that can drive users off a Web site. The WebXACT Accessibility Report summarizes the accessibility issues on the page to help determine if that page can be accessed by individuals using assistive devices such as screen readers, and facilitates compliance with the U.S. Government's Section 508 and the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The WebXACT Privacy Report indicates whether or not the page may have a link to a privacy statement, identifies information collection, visitor-tracking technology, P3P compliance, and third party links. Companies wishing to host WebXACT on their own Web site may visit for more detailed instructions.

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