We need more info and training on implementing mobile accessibility and how 508 refresh impacts it with folks paying taxes on IRS to go or signing up for health care on HHS websites. It would be great if AT users could give us a demo on testing on mobile on various platforms including IOS, Android etc.
Would be nice if the federal government could negotiate with IAAP for a discounted government rate to take the exam to become credentialed as Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies. Currently it is $425 if you are not a member.
Approximately 16 years ago, GSA funded all 508 Coordinators to earn a Certificate in Assistive Technology from CSUN. Would recommend doing that again. It was half online and followed by a one week intensive of their staff flying in to DC to do the training. See: https://www.csun.edu/cod/assistive-technology-certificate-program
I recently converted to Acrobat DC and used it to tag a semi-complex Word document that has a TOC, complicated table, diagrams, etc. Unlike its predecessor, the DC has made some good strides in tagging management. It allows now the "Undo"; the tag tree remains where you are even after saving; tag placement is more accurate than before; and some other features that I'm still discovering. My idea is how to get Adobe folks ...more »
I wanted to add ARIA rules set to our product https://www.accessbot.io. Please advise where can i find all rules set for ARIA?
How to ensure AssistiveTechnology Users are involved in UAT testing. No one can give great feedback as a native users of AT
With function based approach need a CHEAT SHEET from Access Board to determine the applicable provisions for software, web which are most common and information documentation support and multimedia.
In the world of federal contracting we should educate procurement officers to ensure that Section 508 test plan is part of the acceptance criteria and should be included in the deliverables for contractor services for software/ web development. This will ensure you can hold the vendor to compliance,
A recurring problem and an obstacle to accessibility for all users in agencies is the COTS tools which are out of the box inaccessible. Federal agencies should perform proper market research as required by the FAR and pick the most compliant product in the market. But after that they should start working with the vendor immediately to test the product for Section 508 and create a mitigation plan to bring the application ...more »
The Access Board should provide detailed explanation of the new 508 refresh like it has done with the current standards which will enable non 508 experts to understand- so folks like project managers who are tasked with the implementation but have no knowledge will have a better understanding of what is at play and help them succeed. Even the 508 community would appreciate a knowledge repository of breaking down the standards ...more »
In my experience Project achieved success with accessibility when you make the developers understand the difficulties encountered by Assistive Technology users every day. With the WCAG 2.0 including provisions for cognitive users, it is imperative developers understand the different disabilities how coding to the standards can help alleviate accessibility problems. In a project I worked on we provided the developers ...more »
To streamline the 508 process and to ensure good testing occurs in agencies to make applications accessible to all users there should be quality assurance of 508 work done same as software testing. In my several years working with 508 I have come across testers who have very little knowledge to those who are experts in 508. Hence in order for accessibility not to suffer all 508 testers/coordinators should be certified ...more »