The following glossary may help you understand the functionality of Compliance Sheriff.


Built in Scans

HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff Scans provide automated accessibility tests for the web in order to reduce the amount of human accessibility testing. Websites and scan criteria submitted by the Web Liaisons have been preserved for the purpose of auditing and reporting. These scans are set to be re-run at regular intervals (ex. every 6 months) and cannot be edited or deleted.

User scans

Additional scans can be performed by editing any of the four sample user-scans (more can be requested as needed). These scans come with several default options:

  • Display Name: The name is in the format UNIT-user-scan provided by default, such as TLT-user-scan-1.  Change user-scan to meet your needs, UNIT name should remain consistent, such as TLT-my-website.
  • Base URL: The term http:// provided by default. Fill in the URL of the new site you wish to scan here.
  • Checkpoint Groups: The following checkpoint groups are provided by default.  You may add/remove additional checkpoint groups to suit your needs.
    • NFB blockers for screen reader users – The most critical errors to be fixed as identified by staff at the National Federation of the Blind.
    • Beyond the Blockers – Other issues that must be fixed to ensure full WCAG 2.0 AA compliance.
    • WCAG 2.0 – Compliance Level A

    • WCAG 2.0 – Compliance Level AA
  • Start Page: The default / (slash) character indicates that the scan will start at the root of the site. You may also click ADD to include additional start pages.
  • Level: Indicates how many directory levels to include. For instance. Level 2 indicates the scan will descend two navigation levels within the site (ex.
  • Options: An example would be 250 Page Limit to indicate the maximum number of pages the scan should cover.
    Note: Limiting page scans is recommended for large sites to reduce server load.
  • Additional file formats: These are not recommended to use.
  • Exclude URLs matching: This field is blank by default, but may be filled-in to specifically exclude pages from a scan.

The Scan Button

If you click New on the Scans page, you will receive a notification stating “Permission denied – Please contact your administrator”. To request additional scans, you must contact the Compliance Sheriff team.

Scan Groups

Scan Groups are containers for Scans. Scan Groups for the Web Liaisons have also been predefined and cannot be edited or deleted. These groups are also persevered for the purpose of tracking the overall health of your Budget Unit over time.

  • WCAG-related scans are grouped together with the UNIT-wcag2 naming convention (ex. ITS-wcag2)
  • NFB-related scans are grouped together with the UNIT-nfb naming convention (ex. ITS-weblion-nfb)
  • User-related scans are grouped together with the UNIT-user-scan-group naming convention (ex. ITS-user-scan-group)

Viewing All Custom User Scans

The four sample user scans are included in the UNIT-user-scan-group container. This Group will provide you a Report overview which contains all of the custom scans. You cannot add/remove scans from this scan group.

The “New” Scan Groups Button

You cannot create new scans and will receive the error “Permission denied – Please contact your administrator.” To request additional scans, you must contact the Compliance Sheriff team.


Checkpoints are instruction sets that will check that a web page conforms to predetermined rules or guidelines.  The predefined checkpoints link directly to the corresponding WCAG 2.0 rule page and contain detailed information on the issue.


Reports provide executive management visibility into how your organization is performing with respect to compliance goals, and allows you to compare compliance performance among individuals and groups (business departments, geographical units, and others).


To view a summary report of your website’s health, click Health Percentage, which includes:

  • Scan Statistics: A general summary of passes, failures, and warnings
  • Trend: Changes to your website's health percentage overtime
  • Top 10 Checkpoints: Top compliance failure occurrences
  • Top 10 Issues: Top compliance failure issues

Full Details

To see a detailed list of all the failures and warnings in a printable Report, click Health Percentage, View Full Details.

  • To see a rendered view with the problematic area of the page highlighted, click the page where the error originates.
  • To see the problematic source code, click the code where the error originates.

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