The Functional Accessibility Evaluator TEST
This question is mainly directed at the creators of MyBB....

When running only the first page of my MyBB forum thru the FAE test, it showed some errors. The page elements either "Pass", "Warn" or "Fail".

Can you all have a look and tell me what you think? The FAE (Functional Accessibility Evaluator) test results to my forum is here:


What is FAE?

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) analyzes web pages for markup that is consistent with the use of iCITA HTML Best Practices for the development of functionally accessible web resources that also support interoperability.

The iCITA HTML Best Practices are not a new standard, but rather a statement of techniques for implementation of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), the United States Federal Government Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508) and the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA). Following the best practices in developing web resources not only improves accessibility for people with disabilities, but also improves interoperability, giving everyone the benefit of having more options for accessing and using those resources.

Running the Evaluator

The “Run FAE” page provides a form for specifying the following analysis parameters:

Specifies the URL that will serve as the starting point of the analysis. Depending on the “Depth of Evaluation” and “Follow Links in” settings (described below), additional pages linked from the starting URL may also be included in the analysis.
Report Title
The title to be displayed at the top of each report page. If no title is specified, then “Untitled Report” is displayed.
Depth of Evaluation
When “Top-level page only” is selected, only the page specified by the URL will be analyzed.
“Include second-level pages” will cause all pages linked from the top-level page (with domain restrictions as explained below) to be included in the analysis.
“Include third-level pages” will cause all pages linked from the top- and second-level pages (with domain restrictions as explained below) to be included in the analysis.
Follow Links in
In cases where “Depth of Evaluation” is set to either “Include second-level pages” or “Include third-level pages” the web crawler used by FAE can follow links in two different ways:
When “Specified domain only” is selected, link following is restricted to the same domain as the specified URL.
When “Next-level subdomains” is selected, links that are in subdomains of the next-level domain (relative to the domain specified by the URL) will also be followed.
Include DHTML content
When this option is selected, FAE uses an iCITA-developed utility named DHTMLGET to download web resources. As it downloads each HTML page, DHTMLGET invokes any JavaScript “onload” event handlers and inline scripting it finds, using its built-in JavaScript interpreter, which adds corresponding dynamic HTML (DHTML) content to the page. DHTMLGET then saves the resulting Document Object Model (DOM) for evaluation by FAE.
Please note that selecting this option may result in slightly or, in some cases, significantly longer evaluation times, especially when “Depth of Evaluation” includes second- and third-level pages. However, to the extent that pages include significant amounts of DHTML content, the coverage and accuracy of the evaluation is improved.
When this option is not selected, FAE uses a modified version of the GNU wget utility, which does not include a JavaScript interpreter. (The wget utility has been used in all versions of FAE prior to 1.1.) When wget is used, FAE analyzes exactly what the server sends as its HTTP response. This means that “onload” and inline DHTML content, if present on a page, is not included in the evaluation.

After successfully completing the analysis, FAE displays the Summary Report, which provides a high-level view of the evaluation results, and places a link to this report in the Archived Reports list. This list includes additional report information such as the analysis date/time, the number of pages analyzed, the report title, the starting URL and the depth of evaluation.
Analysis Categories

FAE organizes the analysis of documents based on the following categories:

Navigation & Orientation:
Inclusion of structural markup that facilitates navigation and contextual orientation;
Text Equivalents:
Proper use of images for interoperability and the provision of text descriptions for non-text content;
Avoidance of scripting techniques that compromise accessibility and interoperability;
Use of CSS styling techniques to separate content and structural information from styling and presentation;
HTML Standards:
Support for HTML standards to improve interoperability and provide more choices in the use of technologies for rendering web content.

PS... anyone can run their website thru this test too, its free to use, I just stumbled on this site today.
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