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RE: software accessibility,

From: Bailey Bruce <Bailey@Access-Board.gov>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 11:41:59 -0400
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>>> Would you have information about and would you know
software/automated methods to test software accessibility?

>> You may find useful information here:
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/508/archive/oldsoftware.html

That site is terribly obsolete (as one would infer from "archive" and
"old").

Follows are a few more current resources in the U.S. Federal government
space:

http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/assisttesting.html (the details are
about web, but the same team evaluates software)

http://www.ssa.gov/oag/acq/oagacq_508.htm (covers all of 508, including
software)

http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/hand/as508a/508a_c5_toc.html (Software
Applications and Operating Systems)

http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.21.htm (Guide to the
Section 508 Standards for Electronic and Information Technology)

http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=122 (List of
companies that provide 508 software)

David Woolley:
> Even if you are using a platform for which automated tools 
> are available, you should reckon on them only doing about a 
> third of the work.  Accessibility is very much about human 
> factors and needs to be tested using real humans.

I concur completely!

The U.S. Access Board has convened an Advisory Committee to help update
the 508 standards for accessibility.  There is international
participation, but more is welcome.
http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/update-index.htm
http://teitac.org/
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