Section 508 Requirements

  • Requires federal agencies ensure that electronic and information technology that is developed, procured, maintained, or used by the agency is accessible to those with disabilities unless doing so poses an "undue burden".

    Regulations for what this means were issued at the end of 2000.

  • Generic requirements examples
    • a well-defined on-screen indication of the focus must be provided and be programmatically exposed for AT
    • applications shall not interfere with accessibility features (eg, by overriding color or contrast selections)
  • Web requirements examples
    • text equivalent to images/animations ("alt" or "longdesc")
    • information conveyed with color available is available w/o color
    • row and column headers for data tables