Section 508 Background
In 1998 the United States Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act (originally passed in 1973) to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The details outlined for Section 508 compliance cover a variety of regulations and provisions related to the use of information technology.
Section 508 was put into place to help ensure access to information technology for people with disabilities, as well as to encourage industry to develop technologies to make that access easier. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, Federal agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
Kinetic Request and Supporting Section 508 Compliance
Kinetic Request is Kinetic Data’s award-winning self-service driven integration and automation platform. It is built on modern technology for the enterprise and is currently used by dozens of Federal agencies both for internal (intranet) and external (website-facing) needs. The system acts as a framework for automating the creation of web forms accessible by any commonly available web browser.
Under section 508, the capability provided by Kinetic Request is covered under the component 1194.22 which outlines standards for “Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications”. Covered information in this component includes things like:
The text information associated with a non-text element should, when possible, communicate the same information as its associated element. For example, when an image indicates an action, the action must be described in the text. The types of non-text elements requiring actual text descriptions are limited to those elements that provide information required for comprehension of content or those used to facilitate navigation.
With Kinetic Request, forms that would be accessed by end-users are created via the Kinetic Form Author Console by a system administrator (or manager) through drop-and-drag configuration. When form and portal elements are generated, such as questions, text elements, graphics or other content, the system automatically generates standard HTML. For any element created via the system, attributes (metadata) can be added to included relevant description information related to those elements.
Kinetic Form Author Screenshot
Front-end Form (with HTML code elements) Screenshot
The system is designed to make it easy for non-programmers to automate the build of forms and portals quickly and easily. All of the rendered code is accessible to be reviewed, edited and updated manually. This design allows Federal contractors and agencies using our technology to make changes to code and solutions to ensure Section 508 provisional standards are met and a compliant system can be deployed.
As Kinetic Request is a framework for building whatever you desire, it is up to the implementer to ensure that deployed packages, solutions and code are reviewed and tested to ensure compliance with Section 508 rules and regulations. We encourage you to utilize best practices in ensuring alignment and compliance for Section 508 and any other Federal or industrial standards, rules and regulations.
Kinetic Data Consulting Services can be engaged if you would like additional assistance with your deployment.
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