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Re: 508 update? when?


From: John E Brandt
Date: Sep 25, 2012 9:55AM

I have managed to stay out of the fray regarding the "refresh" of Section
508, electing to wait until the final official version is published. I
expected the whole process to take years, and apparently it has/will.

In any case, I took a look at the latest draft (published last December -
see http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm ) and if I am reading this
correctly, it appears that all references to web design/development
"standards" are directed to WCAG 2 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
(WCAG) 2.0, W3C Recommendation, 11 December 2008).

There are tons of public comments posted on this site as well and I don't
plan to read them. But if I am correct in my reading of the draft, it
appears that if you build your websites - and any proposal to build/develop
websites - to meet the WCAG 2, you are probably going to meet the "new"
Section 508 requirements.

Am I close to being accurate here?


John E. Brandt
Augusta, Maine, USA

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Noble,Stephen L.
Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:11 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] 508 update? when?

It is not uncommon for proposed regulatory changes, in general, to be held
back this close to an election. That being said, I have no "inside track" on
the status of the 508 NPRM.

--Steve Noble
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Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] 508 update? when?

Nancy Johnson Wrote

does anyone know when the updated 508 is going into affect? I have to
put together a proposal.

PP: It is my understanding that the Access Board is trying to put through
the next draft (NPRM). They have submitted the documents for review to the
Office of Management and Budget several times now. I suspect politics is
holding things back. The Board has to resubmit for OMB review every three
months if not approved.


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