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From: Nancy Johnson
Date: May 14, 2008 6:50AM


I had never heard of VPAT, but just read up on it. It's interesting,
however, it is only any good if its enforced.

My only experience is with older Blackboard (2000-2005) as I was a
primary administrator, support person and trainer for this product. It
may not be relevant for this conversation. At that time Blackboard was
pure javascript and not real accessible. However, I remember a link
to either information on accessibility or an accessible version.

Nancy

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> 1. Accessible Applications (Kara Zirkle)
> 2. Re: Accessible Applications (Travis Smith)
> 3. Re: Accessible Applications (Darian Glover)
> 4. Re: Accessible Applications (Karl Groves)
> 5. Re: [SEC508] Accessible Applications (Karl Groves)
> 6. Re: [SEC508] Accessible Applications (Kara Zirkle)
> 7. Re: [SEC508] Accessible Applications (Darian Glover)
> 8. Re: [SEC508] Accessible Applications (Cliff Tyllick)
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Kara Zirkle < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> To: <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , <EMAIL REMOVED> , Korey J Singleton < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 15:01:18 -0400
> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible Applications
> Is anyone using any of the following applications or products and if so could you please give me some input on whether or not they are accessible to individuals with disabilities or meet Section 508 Compliance? Also, if anyone has done research on similar applications and chose not to go with one of the following applications what application did you go with that was more accessible?
>
> Applications such as:
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> Adobe Breeze; Townhall; Blackboard; Respondus; CMS' Droople, Paperthin, Commonspot and Figleaf; Luminous; Hawkeye software assets tracking; Email applications GoogleApps, Microsoft Live or Exchange Labs; various Blog Platforms (ex. Wordpress); various Survey Software; Banner and other Sunguard applications; SkillPort; iTunes U Podcasting; Accordent Capture; SharePoint 2007; Microsoft VISTA; ILLiad (interlibrary loan management system); VuFind; Basecamp; GMPLS (generalized multiprotocol label switching); AppWorx; and Touchnet software
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> Also, has anyone contacted vendors directly asking for changes to be made in response to accessibility if contract language wasn't originally in the picture? Can anyone make any suggestions about this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> --
> Kara Zirkle
> IT Accessibility Coordinator
> Assistive Technology Initiative
> Thompson Hall RM 114 Mail Stop: 6A11
> Fairfax Campus
> 4400 University Drive
> Fairfax, VA 22030
> Phone: 703-993-9815
> Fax: 703-993-4743
> http://www.gmu.edu/accessibility/ati/home.html
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> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Travis Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 15:15:07 -0500
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessible Applications
> Hi,
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> I read your list, and the only one that I use is Blackboard. Well, that is my reader uses it for me. I am a student at the community college in Lafayette La, and my school uses blackboard. A large part of the program is accessible sort of. I mean I can navigate it ok. I can read links and headers and things like that. However, a large problem is that the forms that are used to submit assignments, e-mails, discussion board responses is not readable by screen readers. This is a real problem as I am taking two online classes this semester and that is how I am supposed to submit assignments. I have sent an e-mail to the company, and never received a response, and the problem has slipped my mind, but I will have to get after them about this because I have another online class next semester. If you have any further questions about blackboard, feel free to contact me @ <EMAIL REMOVED>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Kara Zirkle
> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 2:01 PM
> To: <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; <EMAIL REMOVED> ; Korey J Singleton
> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible Applications
>
> Is anyone using any of the following applications or products and if so
> could you please give me some input on whether or not they are
> accessible to individuals with disabilities or meet Section 508
> Compliance? Also, if anyone has done research on similar applications
> and chose not to go with one of the following applications what
> application did you go with that was more accessible?
>
> Applications such as:
>
> Adobe Breeze; Townhall; Blackboard; Respondus; CMS' Droople, Paperthin,
> Commonspot and Figleaf; Luminous; Hawkeye software assets tracking;
> Email applications GoogleApps, Microsoft Live or Exchange Labs; various
> Blog Platforms (ex. Wordpress); various Survey Software; Banner and
> other Sunguard applications; SkillPort; iTunes U Podcasting; Accordent
> Capture; SharePoint 2007; Microsoft VISTA; ILLiad (interlibrary loan
> management system); VuFind; Basecamp; GMPLS (generalized multiprotocol
> label switching); AppWorx; and Touchnet software
>
> Also, has anyone contacted vendors directly asking for changes to be
> made in response to accessibility if contract language wasn't originally
> in the picture? Can anyone make any suggestions about this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> --
> Kara Zirkle
> IT Accessibility Coordinator
> Assistive Technology Initiative
> Thompson Hall RM 114 Mail Stop: 6A11
> Fairfax Campus
> 4400 University Drive
> Fairfax, VA 22030
> Phone: 703-993-9815
> Fax: 703-993-4743
> http://www.gmu.edu/accessibility/ati/home.html
>
>