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Re: 508 and spreadsheets?


From: Mark Rew
Date: Sep 11, 2002 9:08AM

Strictly under the Section 508 standard A spreadsheet must be compliant. A
spreadsheet will need to meet two subsections:
1194.21 for the software package that processes the spreadsheet document.
1194.41 for the spreadsheet document.

The question is how much does Section 508 applies to your environment. The
inforcement of Section 508 is through purchases by the Government. The US
Government agencies are required that all EIT developed, purchased, obtained,
maintained, or used is Section 508 compliant. They require anyone contracted
to provide products or services to meet corresponding Section 508 standards.
There are specific exceptions to Section 508, but your situation does not
sound like it would fall under one of these exceptions. The question I have
is Section 508 appropriate for your environment, or should you be looking at
one of the subsections of the rehabilitation act of 1973 adminded 1998. For
more information refer to the Education Department Website.

Mark Rew
301-713-0262 x131

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 10:54 AM
Subject: 508 and spreadsheets?

> Good People;
> Complex tables with multiple headers is already difficult for me in html.
> I have have a professor who uses complex tables and uploads them to the
> internet.
> He uses excel spreadsheets to generate these and other student materials
> He has asked me about Section 508 and excel spreadsheets.
> Do his spreadsheet materials have to be 508 compliant.
> Can someone give me a brief intro on how that works?
> Karol
> Cleveland State University
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