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Is Facebook and Twitter 508 compliant?
September 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm #110447
A govie asked me this question the other day and I honestly didn’t know the answer.
Or what ruling to use to show that doesn’t need 508 compliance.
September 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm #110460
September 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm #110458
according to the lawyer at the Gov 2.0 Summit they both are because they have changed their terms of service for government agencies.
September 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm #110456
Other feedback I got from Twitter:
cynthiasays.com checks 508 compliance flags. Twitter passes, FB doesn’t. More in-depth assessment needed before stamping that
Prob not. I don’t think it’s fully sorted out yet, but some claim 508 doesn’t apply to 3rd party sites. http://bit.ly/cjGa52
September 10, 2010 at 1:27 am #110453
This is a little old, GovLoop, but (and I’ve attached the DHS Government 2.0 Privacy Best Practices Report)… see page 15 of the attached document… granted, it is a bit old… as Stephen alludes to, GSA might also have this in the negotiated terms of service agreements for federal government agencies…
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The first panelist discussed whether Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to government use of social media. Section 508 requires that the government make its electronic and information technology accessible to its employees with disabilities. It also requires that individuals with disabilities who are seeking information or services from a federal agency have access to and use of information comparable to that provided to the general public, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The panelist observed that it is yet unclear whether Section 508 applies to third-party social media websites. The panelist reported that some government agencies are currently using social media provider websites that do not comply with Section 508, but that the issue is as yet unsettled and requires the government to issue further clarification of the rules. The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Social Media Handbook advises that GSA employees and contractors using non-accessible non-federal sites to also make the information available in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities.22
September 10, 2010 at 9:37 am #110451
after doing a shoutout to our Sec508 group the general consensus was that Twitter could in fact be depending on 2 factors
1. if one would use different versions of Twitter, some of which have already been “certified”
2. If the application is running on a “machine” which converts all “web pages” to compliant pages
As far as facebook only the second factor would apply
September 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm #110449
They both have problems with alt text, dynamic content changes without notification, and poor use of form labels for a start. With only a cursory check, it’s my opinion that neither would pass Section 508. Cynthia Says might give it a pass, but it wouldn’t be seeing the use of complex text filled background images. When contact information is only visible in a background image with no alt text, that’s a fail.
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