Planned Release Date: May 19, 2016
SSB BART Group continues to make user experience, performance and testing capabilities a development priority. In the AMP 2016.4.0 release we specifically focused on:
- Alchemy Page Structure Testing Mode
- Updates to the Best Practice section
- Report Enhancements
Some new features and enhancements of note in the release are:
New Alchemy Testing Mode - Page Structure
A new Page Structure testing mode has been added to Alchemy. This mode includes all automatic tests for the page structure media type, as well as the manual tests. The manual tests are now guided with testing steps and highlighting on the page that walk users through the testing in a more user-friendly way.
General Alchemy Improvements
When testing with Alchemy users were previously required to first select a report for testing results to be saved to. Furthermore, they were forced to select the report when navigating to every new page to be tested. Now Alchemy will automatically evaluate the domain being tested and will save to the last report used for testing on that domain. If no testing has been done on that domain, Alchemy will save to the users default report to ensure testing results are not lost. If the user has access to multiple organizations in AMP, the user will still be prompted to select a report so Alchemy tests against the appropriate set of standards and Best Practices.
Module Screenshot Capture
Now when testing with Alchemy a screenshot of each module tested will automatically be added to the AMP Report. This will provide report viewers with a visual representation of the module that was tested by Alchemy
Updates to the Best Practice Section
New Best Practice layout
A new layout has been designed to make accessing Best Practice information easier than ever before. The main components of every Best Practice have been organized into tabs making it easy to find specific information pertaining to the Best Practice quickly.
Organization can now set a custom severity scale
Many organizations have their own severity scale used for all development related bugs or issues. Now organizations can update the severity scale to be numeric (e.g. 1,2,3,4) or alphanumeric (e.g. 1- Critical, 2 - High, 3 - Medium, 4- Low). This allows organizations to customize the severity scale of AMP to match the severity scale used by their development teams. This makes understanding AMP Reports and accessibility issue tracking even more streamlined for the development team. Configuring the settings is fast, simple and easily updated by any Organization Administrator.
Now filter Best Practices by multiple standards
Now users can filter Best Practices by multiple standards to easily browse Best Practices by the standards they map to. This makes is easy for organizations to determine which Best Practices should be followed in order to be fully complaint with the standards that apply to their organization.
Easy access to browse Media Type information
A newly added section for Media Types has been added to allow users to browse the high level accessibility information for all of the media types AMP supports. This information will provide high level guidance on conformance techniques and applicable Best Practices to give developers, content creators and designers the information they need to proactively address accessibility.
AMP Report Enhancements
Sort and filter the Report Modules
The Modules report has been redesigned to include sorting, filtering, and customized display of data columns. The customized and filtered lists can also be downloaded to Excel
Add the Module Location to the Violations Instances Report view
Now users can add a new column to the Violations Instances report to display the module location for each violation instance. This column is not a default report view column. It can be easily added by activating the "Select Column" button in the table header.
AMP for Mobile
With the recent announcement of Google discontinuing support of the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin for Eclipse SSB BART Group will be discontinuing the support of AMP for Android - Eclipse within the AMP 2016.4.0 Release. Users who are using AMP for Android - Eclipse are encouraged to migrate to AMP for Android - Android Studio.
To learn more, please read the AMP Q2 Release Notes.