Accessibility and Section 508 Standards. Maxamine/Federal Consulting Group (FCG) User Conference 3 October 2007. What is Accessibility?. Accessibility involves two key issues: how users with disabilities access electronic information
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Maxamine/Federal Consulting Group (FCG)
3 October 2007
Accessibility involves two key issues:
Accessibility standards help designers and developers of web content identify and address accessibility issues
Section 508 requires Federal departments and agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology to ensure that Federal employees and members of the public with disabilities have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that of the employees and members of the public without disabilities–unless it is an undue burden to do so.
The Section 508 Standards, which were introduced as a rule for federal web site development, are an extension and/or modification of the W3C standards. The overall differences between these two standards are minimal.
11 of the 16 508 Standards are drawn directly from the WCAG
There is a significant amount of people who use the web who have one disability or another, including people with impaired vision.
Some common disabilities:
The following are the four basic phases of developing and maintaining an accessible web site:
Are you able to navigate throughout your
site without clicking?