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RE: VPAT E-learning

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From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Feb 22, 2006 6:50AM


Norman,
I'll agree that there is a high degree of overlap between 22 and 21, but
not that 22 is a subset, since there are things in 22 that are not in 21
(e.g. 22o [skip repetitive links] and 22b [synch multimedia
equivalents]).

What I'm concerned about is the desire to view interactive web
applications as needing to adhere to the 21 standards because there are
shortcomings in the 22 standards for these types of apps. I absolutely
agree that the sentiment is correct in that a complex web application
should be accessible beyond what is directly mandated in subpart 22, but
when considering 508 compliance it is important to adhere to the
categories that are provided for in the law even if you consider them
inadequate.

AWK



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> Robinson, Norman B - Washington, DC
> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 8:23 AM
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> Subject: RE: [WebAIM] VPAT E-learning
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> Andrew,
>
> Conceptually 1194.22 (web-based intranet and internet)
> standards are a subset of 1194.21 (software and operating
> systems). The specific web standards were an attempt to be
> more specific in what technical standards were required to
> provide access. Note that for some content
> (plugins) the web content references back to the more
> 'generic' software standards
> (http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/hand/as508a/508a_c6.html#508hdr69).
> Legally, I think if you can prove you meet the 1194.22 for
> web content then you've met the more specific standards.
> There is discussion in the Section 508 preamble that goes
> into the rationale if anyone is
> interested: http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/preamble.htm.
>
> Regards,
>
>
> Norman B. Robinson
>
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> Andrew Kirkpatrick
> Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 3:20 PM
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> Subject: RE: [WebAIM] VPAT E-learning
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> > You would include provisions from 1194.21(a-l) only for "software"
> > that might include Java. Interactive elements would not require
> > 1194.21 provisions as these are addressed by provisions
> from 1194.22.
> > you also probably would not need
> > 1194.24 provisions as 1194.22(b) generally addresses multimedia
> > content.
>
> 22a and 22b together do address the need for captions, but
> audio descriptions are not required unless .24 standards are
> addressed.
>
> What is not clear is whether it is being argued that 1194.21
> applies to websites with interactivity because the 11194.22
> standards are insufficient to address all of the issues that
> these types of site have and that should be dealt with, or if
> that is what the standards indicate should be done.
>
> The .22 standards are titled "Web-based Intranet and Internet
> Information and Applications" which would seem to include
> interactive web sites, including those using javascript to
> create this interactivity. 1194.22(l) addresses this point
> in its reference to scripting.
>
> I'm not saying that meeting the requirements of 1194.22 fully
> addresses the needs of all users, but that isn't the point
> here. Since we are dealing with a law, we need to be clear
> on what the law actually says instead of what we think it
> should say.
>
> AWK
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