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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:

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

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

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

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.
Received on Monday, 10 September 2007 15:39:18 UTC

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