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From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Mon, Mar 10 2014 2:07PM
Subject: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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Just announced by the US Access Board.

The Sec. 508 Refresh has been submitted to the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) for review. If cleared, it will be published in the Federal
Register.

We're getting closer!

The Access Board's announcement is below.

-Bevi Chagnon

.

Update on the U.S. Access Board's Refresh of the Section 508 Standards and
Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines

The U.S. Access Board is in the process of jointly updating its Section 508
Standards for Electronic and Information Technology and its
Telecommunications Act (Section 255) Accessibility Guidelines. On February
23, the Board submitted a proposed rule to update these standards and
guidelines to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. OMB has
90 days to review the rule under Executive Order 12866. Once cleared by OMB,
the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register and will be
available for public comment for a specified period of time.

Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board's website
<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkP
TIwMTQwMzEwLjI5ODkwMTcxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDMxMC4yOTg5MDE3M
SZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3OTgwNzIxJmVtYWlsaWQ9YmV2aUBwdWJjb20uY29tJ
nVzZXJpZD1iZXZpQHB1YmNvbS5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&10
0&&&http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-
it/about-the-ict-refresh> .

From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Mon, Mar 10 2014 2:26PM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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Forward progress is good!

Here's a short version of that Very Long link:
http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Chagnon | PubCom
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 4:08 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Just announced by the US Access Board.

The Sec. 508 Refresh has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. If cleared, it will be published in the Federal Register.

We're getting closer!

The Access Board's announcement is below.

-Bevi Chagnon

.

Update on the U.S. Access Board's Refresh of the Section 508 Standards and Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines

The U.S. Access Board is in the process of jointly updating its Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology and its Telecommunications Act (Section 255) Accessibility Guidelines. On February 23, the Board submitted a proposed rule to update these standards and guidelines to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. OMB has
90 days to review the rule under Executive Order 12866. Once cleared by OMB, the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register and will be available for public comment for a specified period of time.

Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board's website <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkP
TIwMTQwMzEwLjI5ODkwMTcxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDMxMC4yOTg5MDE3M
SZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3OTgwNzIxJmVtYWlsaWQ9YmV2aUBwdWJjb20uY29tJ
nVzZXJpZD1iZXZpQHB1YmNvbS5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&10
0&&&http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-
it/about-the-ict-refresh> .

From: Jonathan Metz
Date: Tue, Mar 11 2014 8:39AM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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In the same vain of progressŠ

Has anybody heard anything about RIN 1190-AA65
(http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201110&;RIN=1190-AA6
5) or AA61
(http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201310&;RIN=1190-AA6
1)?

Thanks,
Jon




On 3/10/14, 4:26 PM, "Bourne, Sarah (ITD)" < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = >
wrote:

>Forward progress is good!
>
>Here's a short version of that Very Long link:
>http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu
>
>sb
>Sarah E. Bourne
>Director of Assistive Technology
>Information Technology Division
>Commonwealth of Massachusetts
>1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
>617-626-4502
> = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
>http://www.mass.gov/itd
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
>[mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Chagnon |
>PubCom
>Sent: Monday, March 10, 2014 4:08 PM
>To: WebAIM Discussion List
>Subject: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
>
>Just announced by the US Access Board.
>
>The Sec. 508 Refresh has been submitted to the Office of Management and
>Budget (OMB) for review. If cleared, it will be published in the Federal
>Register.
>
>We're getting closer!
>
>The Access Board's announcement is below.
>
>-Bevi Chagnon
>
>.
>
>Update on the U.S. Access Board's Refresh of the Section 508 Standards
>and Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines
>
>The U.S. Access Board is in the process of jointly updating its Section
>508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology and its
>Telecommunications Act (Section 255) Accessibility Guidelines. On
>February 23, the Board submitted a proposed rule to update these
>standards and guidelines to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for
>review. OMB has
>90 days to review the rule under Executive Order 12866. Once cleared by
>OMB, the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register and will
>be available for public comment for a specified period of time.
>
>Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board's
>website
><http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2l
>kP
>TIwMTQwMzEwLjI5ODkwMTcxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDMxMC4yOTg5MDE
>3M
>SZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3OTgwNzIxJmVtYWlsaWQ9YmV2aUBwdWJjb20uY29
>tJ
>nVzZXJpZD1iZXZpQHB1YmNvbS5jb20mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&
>10
>0&&&http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-an
>d-
>it/about-the-ict-refresh> .
>
>
>
>>>messages to = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
>>>

From: Jens O. Meiert
Date: Tue, Mar 11 2014 12:33PM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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> http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

I must say I find the announcement confusing. My read is that
http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011
is the proposal in question which is now under review—is that correct?

Then, I haven’t picked up news about these updates here nor on W3C
lists… do we owe this what seems to be a closed and non-public
process?

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/

From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Tue, Mar 11 2014 1:21PM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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Jens,

The draft rule being reviewed by OMB is not yet posted - it's not allowed to be until OMB reviews it. It then gets published for public viewing and comment, as a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The 2011 version was the one they posted as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM). That will likely have changes made based on the hundreds of comments that they received in that phase. There has been no "news" since then as they were reviewing the comments and (presumably) re-drafting.

Future steps in the rule making process are outlined in a recent blog post at SSB BART:
https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/01/07/section-508-refresh-projected-timing/

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Jens O. Meiert
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:33 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

> http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

I must say I find the announcement confusing. My read is that
http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011
is the proposal in question which is now under review—is that correct?

Then, I haven’t picked up news about these updates here nor on W3C lists… do we owe this what seems to be a closed and non-public process?

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/

From: John E Brandt
Date: Tue, Mar 11 2014 2:04PM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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Yes, this is just one more step along a very long process that began in 2006 when the Access Board created the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee and gave them the unenviable task of coming up with a new set of standards that everyone could agree upon. It took two years for the Advisory Committee to issue a report and another two years before the first draft of the “refresh” were published.

But unlike many regulation revision activities in the federal government, this one is actually moving, albeit slowly.

~j

John E. Brandt
jebswebs: accessible and universal web design,
development and consultation
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
207-622-7937
Augusta, Maine, USA

@jebswebs

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:21 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Jens,

The draft rule being reviewed by OMB is not yet posted - it's not allowed to be until OMB reviews it. It then gets published for public viewing and comment, as a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The 2011 version was the one they posted as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM). That will likely have changes made based on the hundreds of comments that they received in that phase. There has been no "news" since then as they were reviewing the comments and (presumably) re-drafting.

Future steps in the rule making process are outlined in a recent blog post at SSB BART:
https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/01/07/section-508-refresh-projected-timing/

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Jens O. Meiert
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:33 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

> http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

I must say I find the announcement confusing. My read is that
http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011
is the proposal in question which is now under review—is that correct?

Then, I haven’t picked up news about these updates here nor on W3C lists… do we owe this what seems to be a closed and non-public process?

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/

From: Angela French
Date: Tue, Mar 11 2014 3:07PM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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You gotta wonder - will it be outdated when it finally becomes a regulation?

Angela French

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of John E Brandt
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:05 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Yes, this is just one more step along a very long process that began in 2006 when the Access Board created the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee and gave them the unenviable task of coming up with a new set of standards that everyone could agree upon. It took two years for the Advisory Committee to issue a report and another two years before the first draft of the “refresh” were published.

But unlike many regulation revision activities in the federal government, this one is actually moving, albeit slowly.

~j

John E. Brandt
jebswebs: accessible and universal web design, development and consultation = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
207-622-7937
Augusta, Maine, USA

@jebswebs

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:21 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Jens,

The draft rule being reviewed by OMB is not yet posted - it's not allowed to be until OMB reviews it. It then gets published for public viewing and comment, as a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The 2011 version was the one they posted as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM). That will likely have changes made based on the hundreds of comments that they received in that phase. There has been no "news" since then as they were reviewing the comments and (presumably) re-drafting.

Future steps in the rule making process are outlined in a recent blog post at SSB BART:
https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/01/07/section-508-refresh-projected-timing/

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Jens O. Meiert
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:33 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

> http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

I must say I find the announcement confusing. My read is that
http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011
is the proposal in question which is now under review—is that correct?

Then, I haven’t picked up news about these updates here nor on W3C lists… do we owe this what seems to be a closed and non-public process?

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/

From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Wed, Mar 12 2014 8:48AM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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I've actually wondered that myself a number of times, Angela. But I am reassured because they are expected to adopt WCAG2 for the technical portions of the regulation. One of the features of WCAG2 is that it is technology agnostic, so there aren't things that are likely to get outdated by new software versions. Technology-specific advice is in the success and failure criteria, where they can be updated more quickly and easily.

Of course, 508 Refresh still isn't done - there's still opportunity to despair! [grin]

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Angela French
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:08 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

You gotta wonder - will it be outdated when it finally becomes a regulation?

Angela French

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of John E Brandt
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:05 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Yes, this is just one more step along a very long process that began in 2006 when the Access Board created the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee and gave them the unenviable task of coming up with a new set of standards that everyone could agree upon. It took two years for the Advisory Committee to issue a report and another two years before the first draft of the “refresh” were published.

But unlike many regulation revision activities in the federal government, this one is actually moving, albeit slowly.

~j

John E. Brandt
jebswebs: accessible and universal web design, development and consultation = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
207-622-7937
Augusta, Maine, USA

@jebswebs

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:21 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Jens,

The draft rule being reviewed by OMB is not yet posted - it's not allowed to be until OMB reviews it. It then gets published for public viewing and comment, as a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The 2011 version was the one they posted as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM). That will likely have changes made based on the hundreds of comments that they received in that phase. There has been no "news" since then as they were reviewing the comments and (presumably) re-drafting.

Future steps in the rule making process are outlined in a recent blog post at SSB BART:
https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/01/07/section-508-refresh-projected-timing/

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Jens O. Meiert
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:33 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

> http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

I must say I find the announcement confusing. My read is that
http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011
is the proposal in question which is now under review—is that correct?

Then, I haven’t picked up news about these updates here nor on W3C lists… do we owe this what seems to be a closed and non-public process?

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/

From: Pratik Patel
Date: Wed, Mar 12 2014 11:35AM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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In addition to Sarah's points, this refresh will have a better set of functional requirements

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 12, 2014, at 8:48 AM, "Bourne, Sarah (ITD)" < = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = > wrote:

I've actually wondered that myself a number of times, Angela. But I am reassured because they are expected to adopt WCAG2 for the technical portions of the regulation. One of the features of WCAG2 is that it is technology agnostic, so there aren't things that are likely to get outdated by new software versions. Technology-specific advice is in the success and failure criteria, where they can be updated more quickly and easily.

Of course, 508 Refresh still isn't done - there's still opportunity to despair! [grin]

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Angela French
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:08 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

You gotta wonder - will it be outdated when it finally becomes a regulation?

Angela French

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of John E Brandt
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:05 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Yes, this is just one more step along a very long process that began in 2006 when the Access Board created the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee and gave them the unenviable task of coming up with a new set of standards that everyone could agree upon. It took two years for the Advisory Committee to issue a report and another two years before the first draft of the “refresh” were published.

But unlike many regulation revision activities in the federal government, this one is actually moving, albeit slowly.

~j

John E. Brandt
jebswebs: accessible and universal web design, development and consultation = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
207-622-7937
Augusta, Maine, USA

@jebswebs

-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 3:21 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

Jens,

The draft rule being reviewed by OMB is not yet posted - it's not allowed to be until OMB reviews it. It then gets published for public viewing and comment, as a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

The 2011 version was the one they posted as an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM). That will likely have changes made based on the hundreds of comments that they received in that phase. There has been no "news" since then as they were reviewing the comments and (presumably) re-drafting.

Future steps in the rule making process are outlined in a recent blog post at SSB BART:
https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2014/01/07/section-508-refresh-projected-timing/

sb
Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED =
http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = [mailto: = EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = ] On Behalf Of Jens O. Meiert
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:33 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)

> http://1.usa.gov/1i19VOu

I must say I find the announcement confusing. My read is that
http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/communications-and-it/about-the-ict-refresh/draft-rule-2011
is the proposal in question which is now under review—is that correct?

Then, I haven’t picked up news about these updates here nor on W3C lists… do we owe this what seems to be a closed and non-public process?

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/

From: Jens O. Meiert
Date: Fri, Mar 14 2014 1:58PM
Subject: Re: Sec. 508 Refresh (U.S.)
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> The draft rule being reviewed by OMB is not yet posted […]

Thanks for clarifying, Sarah!

--
Jens O. Meiert
http://meiert.com/en/