Testing for Section 508 Accessibility Compliance

Bill Chandler, Rational Software

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a key issue affecting testing for more and more companies. Section 508 requirements include a set of Web design guidelines that allow users with various disabilities to more easily access information from the Web. Adoption language by the federal government in June 2001 stated that all federal agency Web sites must be 508 compliant-but the push for accessibility is spreading to state government and the private sector as well. Bill Chandler covers who's expected to become compliant, when you'll need to be compliant, and how to find out your current level of accessibility. Learn to leverage existing tools and processes to test the accessibility of your Web site and make the necessary changes. Plus, figure out how Section 508 will affect your future development processes.

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