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Tool for analyzing web pages compliance with Section508
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Background -------- This project is currently under developement as a part of my bachelor thesis. The bachelor thesis itself is about writing an application to analyze web pages compliance with Section 508 rules. I took the job more seriously and I'm trying to make a general analyzer where you can actualy change any part to analyze whatever you want. As the project is currently under developement the API and range of usage may (and will) change over time. Building -------- This project uses maven. That means you can just checkout the code, run 'mvn install' and you are good to go. Currently there is no 'distribution' part of the project that would build a bundle of jar files for you so you have to add the dependencies to your project either using maven (which makes it easier for transitive dependencies) or copy all the jars created by this project and add third party libraries. If you are not using your own components you have to copy all jars. Otherwise you will be fine with analyzer-api, analyzer-core. API --- Right now to analyze a web page for compliance with Section 508 you have to write your own main method where you instantiate the Analyzer class (by calling org.analyzer.factories.ObjectFactory.newAnalyzer()). To do so you have to privide class names for Parser and ConditionSet which will change in the future to enable you to insert null and default (SwingParser, Section508) will be used. Parser and condition set must both use the same factory. About that - it's because analyzer uses drools engine and if parser used other set of facts than the condition set the analysis would be useless. Once you have instance of Analyzer use org.analyzer.factories.SourceFactory to create a new source either as FileSource or StringSource and add it as a parameter to Analyzer's method analyze. What you will get is a class Report which contains set of ReportItems which are results of analysis. If you call method report() you'll get a String representation (simple format listing errors, warnings and ok things). The current implementations contain three components - HTML domain, Swing parser and Section 508 condition set. The domain contains definitions for few types of html tags and more will come later. Swing parser uses javax.swing.text.html.parser classes to parse given HTML file (if you are unconfortable with Swing parser you can write your own) the swing parser was used for convenience and may be replaced in the future (or another parser implementation may be added). Analyzing anything ------------------ If you don't want to analyze web pages for compliance with Section 508 or you don't want to use Swing parser you can change any of these parts with your own implementations by just changing the class used for parser, condition set or domain. Used technology --------------- > Drools 5.3.0.Beta1 > javax.swing.text.html.parser Current state (as of 2011-08-16) -------------------------------- > ability to instantiate a new analyzer using custom classes for domain, parser and condition set > existing HTML (very incomplete) domain, swing parser (with a few bugs) and Section 508 condition set (containing only two of the requirements) > simple report format to print the results