CRMpublicsector.com Section 508
Support for Section 508
This web site is designed to be Section 508 compliant. Section 508 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires that electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the Federal government be equally accessible to persons with disabilities. States which are recipients of Federal funds under the State Tech Act Grant must also comply with the Access Board standards for Electronic and Information Technology.
Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications (section 1194.22)
The criteria for web-based technology and information are based on guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative which is a part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These provisions attempt to ensure comparable and equal access for persons with vision impairments who rely on different types of assisting products to access computer-based information, such as screen readers and refreshable Braille displays.
Certain conventions, such as verbal tags or identification of graphics and format devices, like frames, may be necessary so that these devices can "read" them for the user in a sensible way. The 508 standards do not prohibit the use of web site graphics or animation. Instead, the standards aim to ensure that such information is also available in an accessible format. Generally, this means use of text labels or "Alt Text" tag descriptors for graphics and certain format elements.
The 508 standards apply to Federal web sites but not necessarily to private sector web sites (unless a site is provided under contract to a Federal agency, in which case only that web site or portion covered by the contract would need to comply).
Section 508 compliant sites offer advantages that go beyond access. For example, those with "text-only" options provide a faster downloading alternative and can better transmit data to PDAs and cell phones.