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Posts Tagged: Section 508
What if someone can’t access the important information your organization shares on your website, blog, social media, or digital documents simply because they can’t see or download images? There’s a simple solution to this problem called alt text.
You’d think that people would know better by now than to use “Click here” for links. It’s not like they haven’t been told.
We’ve got a new twist this week, folks. Since I’ve been blogging mostly about accessibility, I wanted to talk with someone who approaches accessibility from a different perspective than a subject matter expert. I met with a designer who works for a federal government agency and has a refreshing outlook on design and accessibility. She… Read more »
How many times have you heard people say, “I hate reality TV! I want real shows. I wish they’d make something else.”? I don’t understand why people remained glued to reality TV shows despite their professed hatred of them. “But there’s nothing else on,” people say. “I’ve gotta watch something!” Hold out, I say, hold… Read more »
I just read a blog post about the benefits of an accessible site. Despite working in accessibility for the past 15 years, sometimes I still get surprised that we even need to have the conversation about accessibility being necessary and the right thing to do–particularly in government where we’re required to comply with Section 508…. Read more »
We govies have been waiting for the Section 508 refresh for almost seven years. It was April 2008 when an advisory committee presented the first draft of the refresh to the U.S. Access Board. Section 508 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1998. The amendment includes accessibility requirements for government agencies… Read more »
It’s the time of year for Spring cleaning, time to sweep out those dust bunnies that have been collecting under your couch all Winter long. How about hopping on over to your website to see if it needs some cleaning up too? When is the last time you checked your agency’s website to see if… Read more »
The Accessibility Forum 2.0 blog recently started a series on mobile apps and their accessibility to people with disabilities. First they looked into the question of how Section 508 relates to mobile apps. Then they discussed their accessibility in more detail. Copies of both posts are included below. Mobile Web apps and Section 508 Mobile… Read more »
After reading GCN’s article ‘GSA takes a fast, free approach to Web dialogue tool‘ I decided to take a look at the tool in question, IdeaScale, to see what the buzz was all about. The article explains that GSA joins several Federal departments/agencies already using IdeaScale including the White House, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and… Read more »