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Re: It's Official - New Sec. 508 is out


From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Feb 20, 2015 10:47AM

Katie's correct.
Submit your comments to the Access Board now, not later. I've worked on a
great deal of legislation and rulemaking here in Washington, and comments
that are submitted late in the review period are often too late to be fully
considered and incorporated into the final piece.

State what you don't like, and just as important, what you do like. Here are

The proposed guidelines in HTML and PDF:

Submit comments here:

--Bevi Chagnon

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-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Haritos-Shea,
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 12:24 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] It's Official - New Sec. 508 is out

This is right and if you really want to ensure that it will stay there - you
need to send in a comment - which they are asking for now - that you like
this and really want it to remain in for the Final Rule.

* katie *
Katie Haritos-Shea
Senior Accessibility SME (WCAG/Section 508/ADA), Standards QA Architect JPMC
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-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Dona Patrick
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 12:20 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] It's Official - New Sec. 508 is out

There were discussions earlier in the month about Section 508 not including
PDF files in the guidelines -- that there were techniques but no guidelines
in WCAG 2.0.

I have been reading through the proposed rule and see that PDF/UA is
mentioned a few times. This is good news (right?). I've tried to propose to
my company that we use PDF/UA as a standard and this would force us to.

Or am I reading it wrong?


On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 3:28 PM, Chagnon | PubCom < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> OK, not fully out just yet, but the proposed rule to update the
> standards was announced just an hour ago.
> To view the details online, visit
> http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-an
> d-it/a bout-the-ict-refresh/overview-of-the-proposed-rule
> Here's what the US Access Board sent out today.
> --Bevi Chagnon
> Begin Quote:
> U.S. Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements The
> U.S. Access Board has released for public comment a proposed rule
> updating accessibility requirements for information and communication
> technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the
> Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for
> telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the
> Communications Act.
> "The Board's proposal is responsive to widespread changes and
> innovations in the IT and communication industries," states Sachin Dev
> Pavithran, Vice Chair of the Access Board. "It is important that the
> 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines stay abreast of the ever-evolving
> technologies they cover so that accessibility for people with
> disabilities is properly addressed."
> The proposed rule updates various requirements to address fundamental
> shifts and trends in the market, such as the convergence of
> technologies and the increasingly multi-functional capabilities of
> products like smart phones.
> Another key goal of this update is to promote consistency with other
> requirements in the U.S. and abroad in order to improve accessibility
> and to facilitate compliance. A leading reference, the Web Content
> Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), is incorporated into the rule and
> applied to web-based content as well as to offline documents and
> software. The Board is proposing other revisions that will harmonize
> the rule with voluntary consensus standards, including those issued by
> other countries and international bodies such as the European
> Commission due to the global nature of the ICT market.
> The proposed rule specifies the technologies covered and contains
> performance-based criteria as well as technical requirements for
> hardware, software, and support documentation and services. Access is
> addressed for all types of disabilities, including those pertaining to
> vision, hearing, color perception, speech, manual dexterity, reach,
> and strength. The proposed rule is based on recommendations from the
> Board's Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology
> Advisory Committee (TEITAC) which comprised a broad cross-section of
> stakeholders representing industry, disability groups, government
> agencies, and other countries. It also incorporates public feedback
> the Board received through the release of two advance drafts of the rule.
> "The significant input the Board has received from stakeholders and
> interested parties throughout this process is reflected in the
> proposed rule," notes Pavithran. "Such collective feedback is critical
> to getting things right in the final rule, and it is no different with
> the current proposal, which includes a host of questions the Board is
> posing to the public to gather additional information on various topics."
> Public comments on the rule, as well as on a preliminary assessment of
> its estimated costs and benefits, are due in 90 days. The Board also
> will hold public hearings on the rule in San Diego on March 5 and in
> Washington, DC on March 11. In addition, the Board will conduct a
> public webinar to review the proposal on March 31.
> Further information on this rulemaking, including a summary of the
> rule, is available on the Board's website or by contacting Timothy
> Creagan at (202)
> 272-0016 (v), (202) 272-0074 (TTY), or <EMAIL REMOVED> .
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