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AccUsa v0.3 

Jueves, 27 Enero 2011

We have published AccUsa version 0.3; it's available in "Descargas" (downloads) section:

AccUsa v0.3 screenshot (accessibility evaluation)

This version of our Support Tool for Accessibility and Usability Engineering fixes some bugs and has better support for Microsoft Access 2003. Besides that, it includes some new features, mainly for accessibility evaluations:

  • New accessibility guidelines: UNE; W3C mobile best practices; ATAG; UAAG; PDF guidelines; Flash guidelines: Video games guidelines.
  • New accessibility tools: MobileOK; Unicorn; AChecker; AccessColor; W3C Link Checker; WebANywhere; INTAV.
  • Now it's possible to launch online tools from AccUsa, selecting one tool and (optionally) one item. 
  • More data in results reports: evaluation dates; summary; evaluated items.
  • New issue statuses for better management: "discarded (duplicated)"; "discarded (fixed)"

Remember you need Microsoft Access to use this application; you can download a free Access runtime from Microsoft's website.

Any feedback will be really welcome!

AccUsa v0.2 

Jueves, 2 Septiembre 2010

We have published version v0.2 of AccUsa, our support tool for accessibility and usability engineering. It's available in "Descargas" (downloads) section:

Screenshot of AccUsa v0.2

These are some of the new features since previous version v0.1

  • Support for thinking-aloud user testing (partial)
  • Multiple rounds per technique and project
  • Issue duplication
  • Multiple options for issues exportation
  • More views for multiple experts support (issues' status; different views of issues in a single project)

By the way, we will be talking about this tool next week in Interacción 2010, in Valencia, where we will present our article "Más allá del cuchillo de palo: hacia una herramienta integrada para un verdadero diseño centrado en el usuario".

AccUsa: support tool for accessibility and usability engineering 

Martes, 21 Abril 2009

Versión en español

Various guides, documents and templates are available to perform usability and accessibility evaluations. However, for daily work we missed a structured integrated tool to manage and centralize the required information for these processes.

In order to solve that need, we have published in our "Descargas" (downloads) section a first version/prototype of AccUsa, which is a supporting and documentation tool for the processes of accessibility and usability engineering. Specifically, it supports the techniques accessibility evaluation and heuristic usability evaluation.

AccUsa screenshot

The aim of this tool is not to automate evaluations but to be helpful as a guide for usability and accessibility experts who perform them, as well as being a management and documentation tool for that kind of projects.

This first version is implemented using Microsoft Access; however we don't rule out implementing it on other platforms (like web). It's also intended to integrate other techniques in it (like user testing). If you don't have Access installed, you can download a free runtime version from Microsoft's website.

IMPORTANT: to run the application it's necessary to accept the SECURITY ALERT that appears after opening it. The program code inside the database is only for internal use and never affects the machine it is running on.

As a prototype, you can download and use this tool. We appreciate your contributions (opinions, bugs, suggestions, experiences, etc.) using our e-mail or entering comments to this blog post.

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