Thread Subject: Re: "closed software"
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From: Lybarger, Barbara (MOD)
Date: Tue, Dec 19 2006 11:40 AM
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See the Access Board Guidelines for this section
They give several examples of closed products:
"Self contained closed products generally have embedded
software and are commonly designed in such a fashion that a user cannot
easily attach or install assistive technology. For example, one could
attach a screen reader to a computer which meets the section 508
standards but one would not be expected to attach a screen reader to a
copier machine. A copier machine is an example of a self-contained,
closed product. Other examples include, calculators, fax machines,
information transaction machines, and information kiosks. Unlike other
provisions which allow a product to meet the standards by being
compatible with assistive technology, this provision requires self
contained, closed products to contain built-in accessibility. Although
not built-in, a headset is considered an allowable add-on, since it is
not considered assistive technology in this case. Headsets might be used
for privacy, not accessibility reasons."
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To: 'TEITAC self contained/closed products subcommittee'; 'TEITAC
Subject: [teitac-websoftware] "closed software"
In the discussion of closed products, we seem to be converging on the
opinion that "closed" is a characteristic, not a category. In this
context, software has been mentioned as potentially closed. Can someone
please give me an example, or a further explanation, of what closed
software might be?
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