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ADA Section 508 Section 1194.21 Compliance Statement

Product:    R&R Report Writer

Effective:    August 31, 2006

Summary (from http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/summary.htm)

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act and strengthened provisions covering access to information in the Federal sector. As amended, section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires access to the Federal government's electronic and information technology. The law covers all types of electronic and information technology in the Federal sector and is not limited to assistive technologies used by people with disabilities. It applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use such technology. Federal agencies must ensure that this technology is accessible to employees and the public to the extent it does not pose an "undue burden." The law directs the Access Board to develop access standards for this technology that will become part of the Federal procurement regulations.

The scope of section 508 is limited to the Federal sector. It does not apply to the private sector, nor does it generally impose requirements on the recipients of Federal funds with the exception of activities carried out in a State under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended pursuant to section 4(d)(6)(G) of that act.

Software Applications and Operating Systems (1194.21)
Most of the specifications for software pertain to usability for people with vision impairments. For example, one provision requires alternative keyboard navigation, which is essential for people with vision impairments who cannot rely on pointing devices, such as a mouse. Other provisions address animated displays, color and contrast settings, flash rate, and electronic forms, among others.

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and Clarifications
(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually. All functionality built into the software has keyboard equivalencies. All dialog boxes support <ALT> key shortcuts for buttons and other objects.  Menus have text analogs for their functionality.  Objects on screen can be moved, edited and otherwise manipulated via the keyboard
(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer. R&R Report Writer does not disrupt or disable any features from other products defined as "accessibility features."  R&R Report Writer also does not disrupt or disable operating system features used to ensure accessibility.  
(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes. R&R Report Writer uses a number of visual cues to indicate the current focus.  These include a blinking cursor for all text entry, "grabber bars" and boldfacing for objects that are selected on screen and color changes for certain objects during editing.  
(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text. Elements of R&R Report Writer that use images to convey some function also have a text analog.  All elements on screens or dialog boxes are exposed for Assistive Technology to appropriately describe.  
(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance. Images used within R&R Report Writer (i.e. for buttons and other selectable elements)  are symbolic of the features or functions they represent.  Also, each image is used consistently throughout the application to represent a single feature / function. In some areas, bitmap images are used to supplement the information about  the R&R's functionality, but not to activate or drive any of that functionality (i.e. pictures describing the table linking process)
(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes. All text information displayed by R&R Report Writer is delivered through operating system functions.  All editable text that is generated within the program uses standard methods for displaying a text input caret (cursor), text is displayed on screen (in a WYSIWYG format where applicable) and the location is clearly visible  
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. R&R Report Writer does not override any user-defined display, color or contrast selections  
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. R&R Report Writer does not make use of animation  
(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. R&R Report Writer uses color coding to supplement the information provided by the program to the user, but does not use it as the sole means of conveying information.  
(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided. R&R Report Writer allows the user to adjust the color for many of the on-screen objects employed by the program R&R Report Writer uses a standard 16-color palette
(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. R&R Report Writer does not use any blinking or flashing objects or elements.  
(l) When electronic forms are used, 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. R&R Report Writer does not use electronic forms.  

 

Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support - Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

 

 

 (a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge.

All documentation for R&R Report Writer is available in PDF and help-file formats.

 

Documentation can be freely copied or transferred to other media at the end-user's convenience

(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.

Liveware Publishing, Inc. makes these features available upon request at no additional charge

 

All help files are freely accessible; this statement of compliance may be reproduced or used by end users as needed.

(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.

Liveware Publishing, Inc. will make reasonable accommodations to provide technical support to end-users with disabilities