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Section 508 and Military Intranet


From: Michael Goddard
Date: Jan 10, 2003 9:21AM

I have been asked to consult on a project and give advice for compliance
with Section 508. Here is the scenario.

A gov't branch has an intranet where only their personnel will have access
(No Public Access) which will tie into a database for various other
departments within their intranet infrastructure to input data.

Now my question:

Being that it is a military branch (base) and that there is to be NO public
access to this intranet. Do they really need to comply with Section 508
(1194.1)which specifically states that it is only required to accommodate
federal employees with disabilities and the general public trying to access
such information?

My thoughts are no they do not have to worry about Section 508 due to the
following reasons:

1) Being a military branch - there are restrictions and physical
requirements in order to be enlisted within the military. Which bottom-line
means the number of people WITH disabilities within the military are
virtually nil.

2) Since it is a closed intranet and there will be NO public access then the
criteria for Section 508 )1194.1) is then void.

Am I correct with this line of thinking or is it just an misinterpretation
of the law by me?

I greatly appreciate any information that can be provided with examples that
I can use in helping with this area.

Thank you,

Michael Goddard
Internet Developer/Programmer
TDH Marketing & Communications, Inc.
8153 Garnet Drive
Dayton, OH. 45458
phone: 937.438.3434
fax: 937.438.3453
web: http://www.tdh-marketing.com

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