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From: Dave Michael
Date: Wed, Dec 19 2007 11:05 AM
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First. let me thank you for being able to join the Task Force a
little late in the place of Mary Beth who is dealing with some family
matters of great urgency.
Second, at the risk of plowing already treated ground from the last
meeting, in reviewing the below, i had a question:
Under the 3 - a - first bullet - 2) it states "and 2) accessibility
features should not disable any function." My question is,
hypothetically, if a device has a voice navigation function and
thereby negates the need for a visual display, why not let the device
disable the display function to save battery life and perhaps device
cycles. Kind of a poor example but should illustrate the need for
flexibility in shutting off a function that is not needed, to keep
the device speed and battery life optimal for the user.
On Dec 18, 2007, at 12:48 PM, BLACKLER, ELLEN (ATTSI) wrote:
> Team â€“ Below (and attached) is the recap of the Dec 13 call.
> Please review before the Dec 20th call.
> Recap of December 13 Task Force Call
> 1. The Task Force discussed the service and equipment that is
> covered by the FCCâ€™s Section 255 rules, and reached a general
> understanding on what is covered today. In addition, the Task
> Force agreed that it was not necessary for its work to identify the
> communications products that are covered or not with great
> precision. Instead, the Task Force agreed that if we could
> identify some examples of products covered by Section 255 for which
> the technical standards would be relevant that would be enough for
> the group to evaluate how the standard should be treated for
> Section 255.
> 2. General Provisions regarding Purpose and Application of the
> technical standards.
> a. The Task Force agreed to recommend to the TEITAC
> the inclusion of the language of the current November 27 EWG draft
> in Section 1194.1 Purpose, describing the 255 related purpose of
> the guidelines. This language closely tracks the current rules
> regarding the coverage of the section 255 rules and gives context
> to the rest of the draft and clarifies the difference in scope
> between section 508 (procurement) and section 255 guidelines
> (design and manufacture).
> b. The Task Force agreed to recommend to the TEITAC the following
> in Section 1194.2 Application:
> Â· Add a subheading, â€śSection 508â€ť, at the beginning of this
> section to denote the current provisions are for Section 508 purposes.
> Â· Add a second section, â€śSection 255â€ť, followed by the
> language currently entitled Version 4 and Version 5. This language
> is from the current 255 guidelines modified to include
> interconnected VOIP. The Application section would then have two
> subsections, one generally describing the obligations under
> section 508 and the other generally describing the obligations
> under 255.
> 3. Technical Provisions
> a. Accessibility Configuration (previously in 1.2 A of General
> Technical Requirements, now in Subpart D, 5.2.3 2-C.)
> Â· The Task Force noted that the provision changed materially
> between the October 26 draft and the November 27 draft when it was
> moved. The October language placed an affirmative obligation on
> agencies to activate features and configure products to be
> accessible. The November draft 26 requires 2 things: 1) â€śProducts
> procured must be capable of being configured to be accessible to
> and usable by people with disabilities while simultaneously meeting
> the products function.â€ť; and 2) accessibility features should not
> disable any function.
> Â· Language in November draft. The Task Force recommends to
> the TEITAC that the requirements in the November draft should be
> included in the 255 guidelines and should be moved into the
> â€śGeneral Technical Requirementsâ€ť section modified as follows:
> â€śProducts procured must be capable of being configured to be
> accessible to [and usable by] people with disabilities while
> simultaneously meeting the productâ€™s function. The accessibility
> features should not disable any functions.
> Note: For purposes of Section 255, â€śproductsâ€ť are the
> telecommunications equipment, voicemail and interactive menu
> equipment, interconnected VOIP equipment and CPE covered by the
> FCCâ€™s rules implementing section 255.â€ť
> o â€śusable toâ€ť is bracketed, because the Task Force wanted the
> TEITAC to discuss the inclusion of usable, as defined in the
> November draft, in provisions that would apply to Section 508 as
> well as Section 255. The Task Force would like the TEITAC to
> discuss whether to leave usable to in, take it out or keep usable
> to for section 255 only.
> Â· October draft language. The Task Force also recommends
> that the agency obligation in the October draft should be
> reinstated and included in the â€śImplementation, Operation and
> Maintenanceâ€ť Section modified as follows.
> â€śIn complying with this subpart, each [agency or entity covered by
> section 255] must activate accessibility features and configure
> products so that they are accessible to and usable by people with
> Note: For section 508 the agency would have the obligation. For
> section 255 it is the service provider or manufacturer covered by
> section 255.â€ť
> <Recap of December 13 Task Force Call.doc>
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