Voluntary Product Accessibility
Date: January 24, 2004
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A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g.,
via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).
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Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized
with the presentation.
Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color
is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an
associated style sheet.
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Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side
Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image
maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric
Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data
tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification
Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a
frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall
be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part,
when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content
of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.
When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create
interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified
with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.
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When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application
be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page
must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a)
When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form
shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information,
field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission
of the form, including all directions and cues.
A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation
depends upon the screen reader
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actually works for the visually impaired.
Nevertheless, the screen reader should be able to detect the ON state
(or DOWN state) of the navigational link and easily jump to the desired
menu item that the user wishes and start reading from there..
When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given
sufficient time to indicate more time is required.
Note to 1194.22: The Board interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) of this
section as consistent with the following priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web
Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) (May 5 1999) published by the
Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium: Paragraph (a)
- 1.1, (b) - 1.4, (c) - 2.1, (d) - 6.1, (e) - 1.2, (f) - 9.1, (g) - 5.1, (h)
- 5.2, (i) - 12.1, (j) - 7.1, (k) - 11.4.
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The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template is to assist
Federal contracting officials in making preliminary assessments regarding the
availability of commercial Electronic and Information Technology products and
services with features that support accessibility. It is assumed that offerers
will provide additional contact information to facilitate more detailed inquiries.
The first table of the Template provides a summary view of the section
508 Standards. The subsequent tables provide more detailed views of each subsection.
There are three columns in each table. Column one of the Summary Table describes
the subsections of subparts B and C of the Standards. The second column describes
the supporting features of the product or refers you to the corresponding detailed
table, "e.g., equivalent facilitation." The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding
the product. In the subsequent tables, the first column contains the lettered
paragraphs of the subsections. The second column describes the supporting features
of the product with regard to that paragraph. The third column contains any
additional remarks and explanations regarding the product.