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Web Accessibility and Usability Standards

Note: Section 508, which is what Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §206.70 is based on, will be going through a refresh very soon. The new standards will likely be copied from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Both are shown here to give you an idea of the direction you should be going to meet the future standards.

The links under the WCAG 2.0 Comparison column offer great information on what each standard means and how to comply with that standard using one of the recommended techniques.

Standards as described in TAC §206.70
Standard Description WCAG 2.0
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (a)
Text Equivalents: A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content). Perceivable
1.1 Text Alternatives
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (c)
Color: Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. Perceivable
1.4.1 Distinguishable / Use of Color
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (d)
Style Sheets: Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Perceivable
1.3 Adaptable
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (e)
Server-side Image Maps: Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Operable
2.1.1 Keyboard Accessible / Keyboard
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (f)
Client-side Image Maps: Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape. Operable
2.1 Keyboard Accessible
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (g)
Table Headers: Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Operable
2.4.4 Navigable / Link Purpose (In Context)
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (h)
Complex Tables: Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers. Operable
2.4.4 Navigable / Link Purpose (In Context)
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (i)
Frames: Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation. Understandable
3.2.5 Predictable / Change on Request
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (j)
Three Flashes or Less: Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Operable
2.4.4 Seizures / Three Flashes or Below Threshold
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (l)
Scripts: When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology. Robust
4.1.2 Compatible / Name, Role, Value
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (m)
Applets and Plug-ins: When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l). Robust
4.1 Compatible
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (n)
Forms: When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. Robust
4.1.2 Compatible / Name, Role, Value
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (o)
Bypass Option: A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Operable
2.4.1 Navigable / Bypass Blocks
Section 508 Subpart B
§1194.22 (p)
Timing: When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Operable
2.2 Enough Time
TAC §206.70 (b) Equivalent Alternatives for Multimedia: Based on a request for accommodation of a webcast of a live/real time open meeting (Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 551) or training and informational video productions which support the institution of higher education's mission, each institution of higher education must consider alternative forms of accommodation. Refer to §206.1 of this chapter for definitions for Alternate Formats and Alternate Methods. Perceivable
1.2 Time-based Media
TAC §206.70 (c) Alternate Text-Only Versions: An alternative version page, with equivalent information or functionality, must be provided to make a website comply with the provisions of this section, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the alternative page must be updated whenever the primary page changes. n/a