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Capturing Modules with Access Assistant

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Overview

Access Assistant allows users to capture modules for testing in two ways:

  1. Capture a page
  2. Capture a component on a page

A module is a testable unit of a website or application. Typically when performing an audit on a website, one does not need to test every page on the site. A best practice would be to identify pages that are templates used throughout the site, and components that are reused on many pages throughout the site. For example, if a search bar is present on every or most pages of an application, the search bar would be a component that is captured as a module. Likewise, if there are 3 different page templates used throughout an entire website, 3 different pages using each of the templates should be captured as modules.

Capture a Page as a Module

Select the Current Page button to capture a page

To capture a page as a module:

  1. Navigate to the page in the website being tested in the main testing window.
  2. In the toolbar window, navigate to the report in which the testing results should be saved.
  3. Select the "Current Page" button.
  4. On the subsequent form, verify the details of the module and "Save" to capture the module.

Capturing a Page Component as a Module

To capture a component on a page as a module:

  1. Navigate to a page that contains the component in the main testing window.
  2. In the toolbar window, navigate to the report in which the testing results should be saved.
  3. Select the "Capture Node" button.
  4. On the subsequent form, enter a name for the module then select the "Select Node" button. This will activate the node selection tool.
  5. For keyboard users: In the subsequent screen navigate through the page's source code and select the opening tag for the node.
  6. For mouse users:
    1. Click into the main testing window and hover over the component to be captured. This will highlight the component.
    2. Click on the component to capture it.
    3. In the subsequent screen, verify that the correct component has been selected OR select the correct node to refine your selection.
  7. Select the "Save" button to complete the module capture.
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