Cryptzone Compliance Sheriff: Quick Reference Guide

Cryptzone Compliance Sheriff: Quick Reference Guide

To audit websites for ADA compliance, go to  (if you don’t have access, have your Active Directory administrator contact Paul Paire.)

If you need to access the server from home, or from a WiFi network, please login to  first.

Scan settings

The following checkpoints are available when you create/edit a scan:

Alt Text Quality Report
One of the most common issues, particularly as sites are updated, is that Alt text is not added to images, or the alt-text is not of good quality.  This scan, like others, verifies that alt-text exists, and unlike other scans, checks the quality of it.  You may want to run this scan in addition to other scans.

Section 508 – use for checking vendor based content

Temple adheres to WCAG 2.0.  Vendors are only legally required to adhere to section 508.  Use this scan to check for 508 issues on a vendor hosted site, or a web application provided by a vendor.

Site Quality Checks

Use this to check for broken links, spelling errors (note: names often appear as spelling errors), and page load time.

Site Quality Checks – Link Validation (higher priority)

Use this to check for high priority broken links.

Site Quality Checks – Link Validation (lower priority)

Use this to check for lower priority broken links, such as broken bookmarks.

Temple University Accessibility Scan – Critical

Use this to check for critical accessibility issues that are "show stoppers" for individuals with disabilities.

Temple University Accessibility Scan – Severe

Use this to check for severe accessibility issues that are show stoppers for individuals with disabilities but will probably take you longer to fix.

Temple University Accessibility Scan – Important

Use this to check for important accessibility issues that are extremely important for individuals with disabilities.

Temple University Accessibility Scan – Moderate

Use this to check for moderate accessibility issues that need to be fixed.

Temple Web Standards – Authenticated web login (login required to view, i.e. Blackboard, TUPortal)

This scans for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, with the exception of scanning for audio/video files.  These types of content might not need to be captioned or audio described, unless there is a request for it to be done.  Given that authentication is required, you may need to use a scripted scan.

Temple Web Standards – public facing web content

This scans for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, including checking audio/video content for captions and audio descriptions.  Any publicly available video needs to be captioned.

Viewing Reports

Most people like to fix the issues page by page.  (Note: visual checks need to be addressed too.)

Options for report view: table type set to page compliance, group by result, page, checkpoint. Include Failures, Warnings, and Visual checks.

Visual Checkpoints

To achieve WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, not everything can be checked by an automated scan (such as can you access everything on the page via a keyboard only).  Items that require visual inspection will be denoted as "Visual Check."  These must be addressed in addition to the failed items.


To manually check the contrast of items on a page, it is recommended you use one of the following tools:

·         Juicy Studios Accessibility Toolbar (for Firefox)

·         The Paciello Group's Colour Contrast Analyser


Checkpoints starting with TU_###, and the description ends with "(with override.)"  Once you have visually inspected the page and verified that all of the items have been addressed and are not an issue, you can include <tu_###/> in the body of the page to have the checkpoint mark that page as passed.  For example, if your page is flagged for contrast issues (TU_G18), but you've verified there aren't any contrast issues on the page, add <tu_g18/> to the page and compliance sheriff will flag that page as a 'pass' for that particular checkpoint.

Best Practices

Scan the pages that act as templates for your site (scan level 0), for example:

Template pages with scan level set to zero.

Fix all the errors and warnings you receive via a template scan, and then modify the scan to include a small subset (change it to scan level 1 or 2) of the linked pages.   Fix those issues, and eventually widen the net to encompass your entire site.

Scanning your entire site without fixing the templates can result in an overwhelming number of failures, warnings, and visual checks.