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Compliance with

Aug. 1998 Amendment of the Rehabilitation Act - Section 508

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Template Version 1.2

The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Electronic and Information Technology products and services with features that support accessibility. It is assumed and recommended 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.

[Abbrev:  CWE = Collaborative Work Environment, which is the hosted product in question.]               

Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).

supports

Only the site logo (or icon) is a supplied non-text element, and that is properly marked up with "alt" text. The rest of the content will be created by the users. Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. For example, see: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YO 

(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

User prompted

Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM

(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

User prompted

Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.

supports

All the CWE web pages (forum archive pages, wiki pages and file repository index pages) are compliant with this requirement.

(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.

supports

Where applicable (e.g. on the SINE wiki, where only one server-side image element, the site logo or icon, is involved on the wiki, which links users back to the WikiHomePage), this link function does have their equivalent text link (e.g. at the top left) of every wiki page.

(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.

User prompted

Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.

Not applicable

 

(h) 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.

Not applicable

 

(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation

User prompted

Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Not applicable

 

(k) 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.

supports

All pages from the CWE tools are essentially text based. Users will need to ensure compliance when they author non-text-based content. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(l) 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.

User prompted

Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content that employ scripts. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(m) 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 Sec. 1194.21(a) through (l).

User prompted

Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content that employs scripts. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(n) 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.

supports / User prompted

Only input forms for SEARCH are applicable, and they are compliant. Users will need to ensure compliance when they author content that employs online forms. They are prompted in the "Accessibility Considerations" section of the WikiStyleGuide page. See: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?WikiStyleGuide#nid1YM 

(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

supports

The use of Purple Number ( see: http://colab.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?PurpleNumbers ) scheme of fine grain accessibility provides the mechanism which allows users to be taken to the exact paragraph or bullet point within the CWE content, and to skip over repetitive navigation links or unnecessary content.

(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

Not applicable

 

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.


Source of template blank (excerpt): http://www.access-star.org/ITI-VPAT-v1.2.html (as directed from http://www.section508.gov/ on 22-Mar-2007):