Online Extra: Online resources on accessibility and Section 508

The Daltonizing algorithm, developed at Stanford University and available
through the Vischeck site, can pre-process print documents or post-process Web
images right in the user's computer, increasing the contrast for the most
common red/green color visual deficit. You can sample this technology online at
http://www.vischeck.com/daltonize/runDaltonize.php and license it through
VisCheck or http://otl.stanford.edu/contact.html.

Microsoft Corp. also has an informative Web site focusing on color contrast
and how designers can deal with it, at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnhess/html/hess10092000.asp.

Other resources on Section 508:

The Section 508 standards themselves are available at http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/508standards.pdf

and at

http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/508standards.htm.

Microsoft's MSDN accessibility page is located at

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/nhp/Default.asp?contentid=28000544.

Microsoft also maintains a Web page of accessible products including screen
readers at http://www.microsoft.com/enable/.

There is a military-related assistance site at http://www.tricare.osd.mil/cap/services/services_acc_assist_tech.cfm?TechType=23.

There is a special accessibility wizard for Microsoft PowerPoint at http://www.rehab.uiuc.edu/ppt/index.html.

If you want to know how well your Web site meets Section 508 requirements,
you can try one of these Web site compliance-testing sites:

http://www.cast.org/bobby Bobby is used by several federal agencies.

http://wave.webaim.org/index.jsp WAVE (Temple University) provides 508 and
other testing functions online.

http://aprompt.snow.utoronto.ca/ A-Prompt identifies and helps repair
problems.

http://www.hisoftware.com/access/monitor.html AccMonitor - provides 24x7 508
compliance monitoring.

http://askalice.ssbtechnologies.com:8080/ssb/aa/anon/index.jsp AskAlice is
run by SSB Technologies Inc.

http://www.usablenet.com/lift_onsite/los_splash.html Lift is run by UsableNet
Inc.

inside gcn

  • artificial intelligence (ktsdesign/Shutterstock.com)

    Machine learning with limited data

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group