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Siteimprove Web Tool

From detecting broken links, misspellings and accessibility issues to assisting users in correcting these problems, the Siteimprove Web Governance tool assists owners in maintaining the high quality and usability of the ECU website.

Owners of content posted on the ecu.edu domain–including department CommonSpot sites, WordPress blogs and the MyWeb/WWW2 servers–are now required to comply with ECU’s Web Standards and Responsibilities which includes adoption of the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standard.

How Does Siteimprove Work?

The Siteimprove tool starts at the home page, then follows all links within the site to crawl each file. Note that, if a page is an "orphan," meaning it is not linked on any other page, Siteimprove will not know that it exists. Siteimprove flags quality issues for each website that are then compiled into two, individualized monthly reports for each content owner who has requested them:

  • Quality Assurance Report. Lists misspelled words, broken page links and broken PDF links
  • Accessibility Report. Flags accessibility issues. All ecu.edu sites must comply with the WCAG 2.0 Level AA standard

Users click the links in each report to open Siteimprove's copy of a page. Errors are highlighted, and the screen also includes an explanation of the problem with an appropriate fix.

Siteimprove began scanning all official university websites and unofficial faculty and staff websites (as defined in the Web Content Regulation) during fall 2016.

In addition to the monthly Siteimprove reports, there is now a Siteimprove Accessibility Checker extension for the Chrome Browser. Once added to Chrome, you are able to check an individual page for WCAG 2.0 issues. Problems are highlighted on the page, and the extension includes an explanation of the problem and the fix.

Please note that, as a part of the university’s Web Content Regulation, several randomly-selected websites are reviewed quarterly by Disability Support Services, ITCS and Creative Services to ensure compliance with accessibility, security and adherence to design requirements outlined in the regulation. Site owners are emailed the results.

    Request Your Site's Reports

    To ensure your content is accurate, accessible and follows the Web Content Accessible Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 - Level AA standards, start with these steps:

    1. Visit the Web Standards and Responsibilities page for an overview of the responsibilities for online content owners.
    2. See the IT accessibility overview page for information about course reviews, website reviews and software reviews.
    3. Review the Video Captioning Requirements page for the overall requirement and the difference between public video content and course content with restricted access.
    4. Submit the request for your site's monthly Siteimprove reports. You will receive two PDF reports on the 1st of each month.
    5. See the support links in the Navigate Siteimprove section on this page.
    6. Send the Siteimprove request for Siteimprove questions, support or to request training for you or your group.

      Advanced Features

      Siteimprove can also search for specific content in a website. For example, if your department's name has changed, ITCS can provide you with a list of pages still referring to the previous name. Siteimprove can also search for links from one ECU page to another and other scenarios. Submit a service request, and a technician will call you to discuss.