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SiteImprove is an auditing service that scans web pages for accessibility issues, as well as broken links and misspellings. Reports are sent monthly to site owners, who have access to in-depth information and historical data on issues.
For comprehensive help using SiteImprove, visit their help section.
The ASU account is currently limited to 5000 individual URLs. The criteria for inclusion in this list are:
If you need historical data or want to permanently track URLs, send your list of URLs to email@example.com. Please explain how the URLs meet the above criteria for inclusion.
If you have been given access to ASU's SiteImprove account, you also can run Single-Page Checks on any page. To request access, email the user's name and email address, along with the group, sites or pages for which the user requests access, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two ways of getting into SiteImprove:
You’ll receive monthly email reports on your group of URLs.
1. Clicking on the “Download” link in the email report will open a new tab in your browser with a more detailed online version of the report.
2. Clicking on the number of broken links (or accessibility) issues in the online report will take you directly to the page in SiteImprove that lists all broken links (or all accessibility issues).
3. From the list of all broken links, click the magnifying glass to view a cached version of the page with the broken link highlighted for you. You can also view broken links by page.
Likewise, in the list of all accessibility issue types, you can explore the types of issues and how many times they appear in your group of pages. You can also view all the accessibility issues per page.
Probably the easiest way to get to SIteimprove is to log in directly on https://siteimprove.com using your email address and password you set when you received your welcome letter. If you have trouble logging in, email email@example.com, and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.
When you first log in, you’ll see the dashboard.
If your dashboard is empty, choose your group from the "No group selected" drop-down at the top of the dashboard:
The dashboard contains a summary of the data on your group’s pages. You can also get more detailed summaries of all your group's QA or accessibility data under the Overview in each of those sections.
Selecting “Accessibility” > “Pages” in the sidebar menu gives you a list of all the pages in your group. Select the linked Title/URL of one of your pages in the list will take you to the detailed Page Report for that page.
On the Page Report, you can drill down into issues to get more information.
Clicking on an issue opens a panel that tells you exactly what the issue is, where on the page and in the code it is located, and suggestions for fixing it.
Some issues you can safely ignore. (Also see How to Ignore Issues.)
You should do everything you can fix A and AA issues because leaving these issues unresolved could result in difficulties for your users and liability for the university. However, sometimes Siteimprove will report false-positives and some issues technically can't be fixed. To ignore an issue:
Not necessarily. Resolving all WCAG 2.0 A and AA level issues will make your site technically compliant and will probably make it accessible to users with impairments. However, to ensure a page is accessible to all users:
You can contact the Disabilities Resource Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help with testing.
If you just want to quickly scan a page for errors or if your page is behind SSO, you can use the SiteImprove Accessibility Checker extension for Chrome. The extension will run a semi-automated test on a page.
Web accessibility is a new topic for many people. If you don't understand your Siteimprove reports or how to resolve issues, you aren't alone. Here are some resources that may help:
In the Siteimprove sidebar menu, select "Quality Assurance" > "Links" > "Pages with Broken Links." From this page, you can select a page to see a detailed Page Report on that page's broken links and misspellings.
On the Page Report, under the Quality Assurance tab, you'll see details about each misspelling and broken link, as well as the exact location where it occurs on the page.
You should fix errors on your actual web page. Once errors are corrected, they won't appear in subsequent reports.
If Siteimprove has incorrectly identified a misspelling or broken link, you should ignore it, so it won't continue to appear on your reports.
If you are certain a link is not broken, you can ignore it from the Page Report.
Log into siteimprove.com. In the “Select a service” menu, choose “Quality Assurance.”
On the QA Overview: Summary page, click the number of broken links.
Then, on the Broken Links page, click the “Export” icon.
Finally, select “Include: Pages (Table)," then click the “All rows” button. Your CSV file can be opened by Excel or imported into Google Spreadsheets.
Reports are sent out once a month. If you’d like to change the frequency to after every crawl (about once a week or so), email email@example.com
You can also recrawl your pages whenever you want. From your Dashboard:
For pages not included in the list of regularly monitored URLs (the top 5000 per Google Analytics), you can still check their accessibility with the SiteImprove browser plug-in for Chrome.