EdGate offers Section 508 Compliance

For those of our clients who use EdGate’s Correlation User Interface (CUI) capabilities, the CUI’s can now be created so that they are fully 508-compliant. 

EdGate’s CUI empowers users to dynamically search and retrieve the correlation data in real time. Hosted by EdGate, this iFrame is designed to be branded and embedded onto publisher websites for real time searching of correlations.

In 1998 federal law mandated that Section 508 Amendment be added to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for the purpose of making all electronic and information technology accessible to people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities.

In order to become 508 compliant, a company must provide text to explain or describe all non-text information. All descriptions and explanations should be succinct. All information that is conveyed through video or still images must have captioning, text or transcripts and audio descriptions. Each frame on a Website should have a title and a description identifying its purpose and content. If data tables are used it is important to identify row and column headers. However, tables may be difficult to interpret for someone with a visual impairment, so they should be used sparingly. 

Jeremy Ashcraft, Technical manager at EdGate Correlation Services, saw the 508 Compliance as an opportunity to improve the product in order to provide this invaluable service. According to Jeremy, “We understand that our clients must ensure that all of the offerings on their website meet Section 508 guidelines and that includes EdGate's embedded CUI. Now, any client who uses the base CUI can be assured of section 508 compliance.”

(Sources: WikiHow.com; EssentialAccessibility.com; Brailleworks.com; The United States Access Board)

By:Nancy Rubesch