Ally 1.52 | Release to production 4 December 2020

New features, Updated features

Ally for Websites Access Control

The Ally 1.52 release introduces Access Control for Ally for Websites, which allows your Ally for Websites administrator to delegate specific access to the Accessibility report. With these additional configuration options, administrators are able to create users with an email address and assign them to specific domain groupings to limit access to specific (sub)domains based on the relevant content they need to see. Administrators can choose to allow new users access to everything, which includes the entire report and configuration options, or be limited to partial access based on the Domain Groups specified for that user. Once a user account is created, new users are able to link this email address to a Google account to sign in to the report via the new Google authentication option on the report launch landing page. Logging into the report will allow them to go into an Accessibility report for their domain group or groups depending on how many were assigned.

Access control is an optional feature as administrators are still able to login with the provided LTI Key and Secret. If you do not opt to use the Access Control feature you may still login to the Accessibility report as you normally would.

As part of a future release, we will be taking a look at additional authentication options beyond Google as a next step.

Ally for Websites HTML Feedback and Guidance

The Ally 1.52 release also introduces the first set of feedback and guidance information for HTML specific issues found on your webpages. These feedback flows include guidance for webpages that contain text with insufficient contrast and webpages that contain images that are missing a description.

This complements the feedback and guidance that was already available for file content such as PDFs, Word documents and PowerPoint documents. Additionally, this complements the page preview function of the feedback component that was released in Ally 1.47. Ally for Websites now provides feedback and highlighting for most content types, which makes it significantly easier to identify and remediate issues.

In future releases additional feedback flows will become available to round out the feedback and guidance available for these types of issues.

Translated Version Alternative Format Improvements

The Translated Version alternative format machine translation has been updated behind the scenes to provide a few key improvements. The content will now be downloaded as HTML format for added ease of use.  This release also adds support for the following additional languages within the Translated Version alternative format drop down menu: 

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Armenian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bengali
  • Dari
  • French (Canada)
  • Georgian
  • Gujarati
  • Hausa
  • Icelandic
  • Kannada
  • Kazakh
  • Macedonian
  • Malayalam
  • Mongolian
  • Pashto
  • Sinhala
  • Somali
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Uzbek

Support for the following languages within the Translated Version alternative format is not available:

  • Bosnian (Cyrillic)
  • Serbian (Cyrillic)