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Section 508 Timeline Comes Into Focus

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With the final rule of the Section 508 Refresh now published, we now have a fairly clear picture of the timetable for Section 508 compliance. The compliance date for conformance to the revised standards for information and communication technology (ICT) that is used, maintained, or developed is January 18, 2018.  The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR) has not issued a new procurement policy, establishing the compliance date for procured ICT, but is required to do so within six months of the final rule being published. We anticipate that the date for compliance will be the same date January 18, 2018,… Read More

Accessibility and PDF Table of Contents

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If there is a Bible for PDF accessibility, it is the 14th chapter of ISO 32000_2008, the ur-text of the PDF standard. For any Scripture, of course, there is commentary, and the latest is ISO 14298-1-2016. Nowhere in the core documents defining PDF accessibility is there any complete, definitive description of how to create a table of contents. That is why, when we review PDF tables of contents, there are so many variations in how they are tagged. ISO 32000 describes the tags used to make a table of contents: (From ISO 302000 14.8.2 table 333) TOC (Table of contents)… Read More

Tagging Complex Tables

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Complex Tables are to be avoided at all cost, as I stated in yesterday’s post, The Trouble with Tables: A Brief Introduction. The reason is that they will create 3 to 6 hours of work apiece for authors, developers, or remediators.  I’ve spent a considerable amount of time searching my cache of problematic PDFs, looking for complex tables to use as an example, such as the following: This sure looks like a complex table, and it is – but only due to the author’s desire to attach two separate tables together.  A Section 508 remediator might send this back to the… Read More

The Trouble with Tables: A Brief Introduction

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This is the first in a three-part series of blog posts that is dedicated to the many people in Government agencies who deal with PDF files on a daily basis, and encounter Section 508 requirements for these files. The Federal Government generates tens of thousands of PDF documents annually, and all of these must be made accessible. This task often falls to Section 508 departments, individual remediators, or even content authors. The goal of this blog series is to highlight special issues (and headaches) that you all will encounter. The topics I will be addressing will be based on some of… Read More

FCC Accessible Communications Regulations – Legal Update Webinar Q & A

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In Tuesday’s webinar, Maria Browne from Davis Wright Tremaine outlined the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Communications Act, and their impact on accessibility. This post contains Maria’s responses to audience questions posed during and after the presentation. Webinar Q & A Q: Does the Netflix lawsuit apply only to Netflix-created content or to all content Netflix hosts/shows? //MB: Plaintiffs alleged that Netflix violated Title III of the ADA by failing to provide equal access to its on-demand video streaming website, “Watch Instantly.”  Plaintiffs alleged that Netflix provided closed captioning for only a small percentage of the titles available on its website, and… Read More

Key Features of the Section 508 Refresh

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As announced earlier this month, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the US Access Board’s final rules updating the standards for ICT covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as guidelines for Section 255 of the Communications Act. The updates make long-awaited changes to the federal digital accessibility requirements. The Section 508 refresh is expected to be published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017, with an effective date of one year after the publication date. A safe harbor will exist for information and communication technology (ICT) that meets the current Section 508 standards.  After the effective… Read More

Section 508 Refresh Takes Another Step Forward

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has cleared the US Access Board’s final rule updating Section 508 standards and telecom guidelines. While the Rule has not been published yet, details are forthcoming. In our September blog post, US Access Board Approves Final Section 508 Rule – Sends to OMB For Last Review, we reported that the US Access Board voted to approve and forward the final rule text and preamble of the ICT Standards and Guidelines (aka the Section 508 Refresh) to the OMB for final review prior to publishing in the Federal Register. The vote gave OMB staff authority to make non-substantive changes…. Read More

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Digital Accessibility?

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, many are wondering how the new administration will affect the digital accessibility space. In the short term, we see it as unlikely that a Trump presidency will have a major impact on the status quo. The Americans with Disabilities Act Donald Trump has never specifically addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so it is difficult to predict what his stance would be. In the past, scaling back rights for people with disabilities has proven to be politically unpopular. Given that neither advancing nor curtailing the ADA is among Trump’s… Read More

Update to Section 508 Refresh Timeline

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The regulatory calendar for the Section 508 Refresh has been updated as of October 24, 2016. The rules will probably go into effect prior to the end of the current Federal year—just in time for year-end procurements!     Here is the updated calendar*: Milestone Period Date NPRM draft to OIRA for economic impact assessment DONE 3/31/2014 OIRA completes NPRM review DONE 6/29/14 OIRA review notes incorporated into draft NPRM DONE 2/17/2015 NPRM published in Federal Register DONE 2/27/2015 NPRM comment period DONE 5/28/2015 Board approves draft rule text DONE 9/14/2016 Rule submitted to OIRA for review DONE 10/24/2016 OIRA… Read More

Section 508 Refresh Webinar – Q&A

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This post includes my responses to all of the questions posed in last week’s webinar: Section 508 Refresh – Understanding the New Requirements.  For more information on this topic, you can access the webinar slides, transcript, and recorded presentation at info.ssbbartgroup.com/508-Refresh-Webinar_Gateway, or check out my Section 508 Refresh Series on the blog. With the Refresh, are there any expected changes to the bi-annual OMB reporting? The Department of Justice is mandated to survey and create a biennial report to congress and to the President of the United States on the implementation of Section 508.  There is a long history of this not occurring consistently. … Read More

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