Web Accessibility Standards

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2009 4:29 PM

Due to some test activities that I have been engaged on lately I have had to educate myself in regards to web standards. One of our PM's sent me this link that I want to share out with any testers out there that are not aware of it. This is a document found within the Massachusetts government website, and I am not sure if it is somehow special for that state (it's from 2005, so a little old). Even though it is not a replacement for Section 508, I liked the way it is presented because for each standard it explains "why" the standard is needed and "what' it means with examples. I include the list of standards that are defined:

1. Layout and Design

2. Navigation

3. Graphics and Sound

  • Standard 3.1: A state agencyweb page must provide a text equivalent for every non-text element.
  • Standard 3.2: A state agency web page must provide synchronized auditory and readable text descriptions of the important information of the visual track of a multimedia presentation.
  • Standard 3.3: A state agency web page must provide a text equivalent for information provided in audio format.
  • Standard 3.4: A state agency web page that uses motion must ensure that the motion is integral to the content of the site, user-controlled, and limited to three cycles and then stopped automatically.
  • Standard 3.5: A state agency must ensure that the use and selection of color do not affect the information conveyed on a page.
  • Standard 3.6: Client-side image maps are recommended. If server-side image maps must be used, provide redundant text links for each active region.

4. Content Requiring Additional Software

5. File Size

6. Web Accessibility Statement

7. Web Site Validation


Federico Silva Armas

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# alnurismail said on Friday, May 1, 2009 5:18 PM

Have you checked out the MAG?

# farmas said on Friday, May 1, 2009 10:52 PM

No, what is that?

# alnurismail said on Thursday, May 28, 2009 6:31 PM

Microsoft's Accessbility Guide. Hit up http://enable on corpnet.

# Coder87 said on Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:31 PM

You should always use these header   files in pairs. ,