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Re: Non-Government Docs and 508


From: Chris Hoffman
Date: Feb 15, 2009 12:10PM

Hi Randy,

Looking at Section 508 1194.2 (1), "When compliance with the
provisions of this part imposes an undue burden, agencies shall
provide individuals with disabilities with the information and data
involved by an alternative means of access that allows the individual
to use the information and data," and 1194.22 (a), "A text equivalent
for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via 'alt',
'longdesc', or in element content)," it seems fairly clear that you
would need to have accessible transcripts of the letters alongside the

Perhaps you could have a notice to the effect of, "Response letters
from companies available on request," to avoid having to transcribe
them all at once.


On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 1:56 PM, Randy P < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi,
> We are working as contractors for a US federal government agency, and
> a question has arisen concerning the posting of non-Government
> documents (mostly PDF) on Government websites.
> The agency regulates an industry and frequently takes enforcement
> actions against companies. The companies respond with letters that are
> received by fax or mail, never electronically. In the interest of
> Government transparency, they want to scan these company responses and
> place the scanned images on a public Government website. The scanned
> documents are not accessible and the companies are not required by law
> to submit accessible documents. Question: Can the agency place these
> documents on their website as is?
> Thanks for any input.