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Unified Web Evaluation Methodology for websites

Harmonization of evaluation

The Web site evaluation methodology 1.2 (latest version) includes:

This is not an exclusive list of what is meant by an "evaluation methodology". These are more focused on what the end user of an evaluation process needs, rather than what the developer of an evaluation tool needs (which is where the WCAG WG is most likely to focus in their test suite development). Such methodologies might be configured to evaluate one Web page, an entire Web site (irrespective of size), or multiple Web sites. The support EAM project has provided a document with necessary information for policy makers to ensure conformance of public sites (e.g. for public procurement and for certification).

Tests for evaluation

The tests for the methodology integrate non-technology specific requirements, technology specific sub-requirements, related questions and procedures. The WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 are the basis for the materials developed and results are input into WCAG WG.

The tests take the following into account:

Following is a non definitive list that is taken into account for the methodology:

The methodology clearly includes references to the WAI (e.g., WCAG) document(s) it is based upon. It covers evaluations of one Web page, an entire site (irrespective of size), or multiple sites.

Please visit the special pages on the Unified Web Evaluation Methodology version 1.2 (latest version).

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Other issues covered by the Cluster Methodology

User testing - The methodology is validated using the developed user testing protocols. This will validate the machine testing of the criteria facilitating implementation and helping policy makers and developers to follow up progress in public web sites.

Large scale monitoring - The methodology also covers large scale monitoring, in particular: possibilities of statistical sampling, complementing automatic results with manual results, aggregation of data, provision of feedback in an "understandable" manner, follow up of progress over time (for example every year).

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