Thread Subject: Re: Best Meets vs. Full Use inFunctional PerformanceCriteria
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From: Deborah Buck
Date: Tue, May 01 2007 3:10 PM
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I think it is still premature to say there is support to using "Best Meets". Many are still uncertain what that really means and it appears that at the federal level their is inconsistency is how Best Meets is viewed and implemented across federal agencies. "Best Meets" is not a standard practice at the state level-whereas Best Value is often a required practice in many state procurement laws.
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Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 16:28:52
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Subject: [teitac-subparta] Best Meets vs. Full Use in Functional Performance
"Best meets" is used by the federal government and some states to determine which products to procure to comply with Section 508 (in cases where there are no products meeting all applicable standards). Â Based on proposals from the Subpart A Subcommittee (See http://teitac.org/wiki/Subpart_A:Application), there is support for using a best meets approach in the next version of the standards.
However, including the term "full use" in the Functional Performance Criteria draft language (1194.31 a, b, c, d, e) appears to be in conflict with this principal.
For any E&IT products not able to meet these criteria 100%, the vendor would have to indicate "does not meet" on any 508 documentation, such as the VPAT. Â Therefore, it may be more difficult for agencies to determine which product "best meets" 508 for those product categories where there are no products reaching the 100% bar.
The addition of new accessibility features in products would also not be encouraged unless they allowed full use of the E&IT. Â This is discouraging for Â manufacturers who have the goal of incorporating new accessibility features over time.
"Full use" is a very high bar. Â For many large office products, none of our users have access to ALL the features. Â Some modes can be accessed by the manufacturer's/dealer's authorized service engineers only for safety purposes. Â For these practical reasons, removing the term "full" is recommended. Â Other alternatives welcome.
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