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Compiled by Rob Carr, Oklahoma ABLE Tech Accessibility Coordinator
This month, on January 18, the new Section 508 Rules and Standards go into effect. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act provides standards to federal agencies that determine what accessible technology should look and act like. It also requires that federal agencies provide accessible technology, whether created internally or sourced from a third-party vendor. With new standards comes a need for a new Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for agencies to use to help to determine accessibility in third-party products. The new VPAT, VPAT 2.0, is available now for state and local government entities that work with federal agencies and have revised Section 508 standards as part of contract language with federal agencies. It also gives those of us that use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA a VPAT format that aligns with those standards. Read more about the VPAT 2.0 and find a link to download here.
In a recent ICT Accessibility Newsletter we mentioned the Chrome Dev Tools Accessibility extension. This video walks through ways to use that extension to perform accessibility testing in the Chrome web browser.
There are a lot of implications about how we use icons in our web and application design. Axess Lab's article about the impact of icons on usability weighs in.
Again from Axess Lab, this article about alternative text gives several practical examples and helps to explain more thoroughly what alternative text is for and how to create useful alt text attributes in any digital authoring environment.
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