Section 508 Compliance

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

"Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations"

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Interested in testing the accessibility of your site? Here's a couple of free online tools that will get you started.

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You might expect a high level of accessibility from a site called Usability.gov.  You might be disappointed. Sadly, I wasn't particularly surprised by my quick look into the accessibility of this site.

Age is definitely a factor. While the copyright is up to date, the fact that has custom style sheets for Internet Explorer (IE) 5 and newer, and 4.7 and older makes me think it's not a new design. With that code, I'd hope it was more than five years old. Regardless, it's showing its age.

Some of the low points of the site are:

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POSH - Plain Old Semantic HTML

POSH, in case you haven't heard of it already, is short for "Plain Old Semantic HTML", and is obviously much quicker and easier to say than "valid, semantic, accessible, well-structured HTML". Unfortunately POSH -semantic markup - is also something most people building websites or creating content for the Web have yet to discover.

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World Wide Web - Lawsuit Hits Target for Web Usability

A federal judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging that Target Corp. is breaking California and federal law by failing to make its Web site usable for the blind.

Can't say I didn't see this coming. It's been law for a few years now, it was just a matter of time before someone sued.

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I've been doing a fair bit of 508 compliance work lately, and I recently I found a very good tutorial by Jim Thatcher on the subject. His definitions and explanations are much clearer than others I've seen.

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I've been trying out Watchfire WebXACT in order to identify problems with 508 compliance. It seems to be a very helpful tool for checking online sources. Some of the documents I'm working on however, are not online and can't be... figures doesn't it.

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