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Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance

Equal access to content, products and services, regardless of physical or mental capability

Accessibility Starts With Structure

Digital Accessibility means removing barriers so that people with disabilities can interact with documents, websites, and other information technology. Today, many tools exist that enable people with blindness, low vision, or learning disabilities to access and read documents, websites, and other sources of information. All users can now have equal access to information and functionality.

DCL provides organizations with the expertise and capabilities to enhance your existing content to assure a good reading experience and comply with the law. Additionally, structuring content to make it accessible for all also improves online discoverability because after all, computers are also visually impaired!

Headings are used by assistive technology (AT) for easier navigation through a document

Text language is specified

Link annotation and structure provide information without clicking through

Alt text on images to describe visuals in a meaningful way

Not only is accessibility a legal requirement for some content, but also it makes good business sense!

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DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY AND COMPLYING WITH SECTION 508

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DON'T LET ACCESSIBLITY BECOME A LIABILITY

Target Corporation had to pay settlement damages of $6 million and attorney costs of $3.7 million.

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ACCESSIBLE PUBLISHING: REMEDIATION AND PLANNING

DCL expertise across formats and standards

  • Alt Text: Descriptive text for images and other non-text items that improve accessibility and facilitate content discovery and voice search.

  • DAISY: The Digital Accessible Information System is a technical standard for audiobooks, periodicals, and digital text.

  • EPUB3: XML-based eBook format independent of a specific platform, developed and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). EPUB3 inherently supports accessibility if structured properly.

  • HTML5: The fifth and latest major HTML version that is a W3C recommendation.

  • MathML: The mathematical markup language for describing mathematical notations and capturing structure in documents with complex math and chemical equations.

  • NIMAS: The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard is a provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that details how publishers provide accessible curricular materials to students in grades K-12.

  • Section 508: The Federal Law that is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which established guidelines for technology accessibility.

  • WCAG 2.1: The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines published by the W3C that specify how to make content accessible.

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 SECTION 508 

A Federal law that is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which established guidelines for technology accessibility. Section 508 requires that any Information and Communication Technology (ICT) developed, procured, maintained or used by Federal departments and agencies must allow Federal employees and members of the public with disabilities access to and use of information and data.
DCL has deep experience working with governmental agencies to review and remediate websites and other publications to assure high quality compliance with Section 508 Compliant requirements and to make the user experience as good as possible.
 

Creating accessible content is imperative for any content-centric organization.

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