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Web sites and Web-based Applications

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Here are some tools to help with planning and checking for 508 compliance on Web sites and web based applications. Please remember that every project is different and some projects must address multiple types of EIT and 508 standards. It is important to note that the checking the items on the checklist does not mean that your project is officially 508 compliant. This information serves as guidance to achieve 508 compliance but is by no means a prescription. These tools list common issues and things to look for during the life cycle development of a Web site.

Life Cycle Project Plan Outline
Checklist

Life Cycle Project Plan Outline

Use this outline to help guide you throughout the rest of the life cycle of your Web site or web-based application. This outline is designed to help guide the overall iterative life cycle of the project. Using the outline will help guide you determine what steps, actions, etc may be appropriate to ensure 508 compliance for your Web site or web-based application. Use this outline in conjunction with the Web sites and Web-based Applications Checklist.

Print Version of Life Cycle Outline for Web sites and Web-based Applications (PDF) (3 pp, 341K, About PDF)

Plan: Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with EPA's Section 508 requirements and policies.

508 Standards that always apply:
1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria.
1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support.

Determine what 508 Standards may apply:
1194.21 Software applications and operating systems.
1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications.
1194.24 Video and multimedia products.

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Do: Implement the work needed to complete the project.

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Check: Monitor and measure processes, products and services against policies, objectives and requirements for Section 508 compliance throughout development.

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Act: Take action to continually improve process performance.

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Additional Notes or Resources: Additional background information such as definitions, training, US Access Board guidance, and other tips.

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Checklist: Web sites and Web-based Applications

This checklist identifies some of the most commonly occurring 508 accessibility issues for Web site and Web-based applications. Every web page is different – you may not need to address each item in the checklist. It may help to use the Life Cycle Project Plan Outline to help you determine which checklist items may apply. This checklist can be used several ways throughout the life-cycle of your project:

Print Version of Checklist: Web sites and Web-based Applications (PDF) (3 pp, 51K, About PDF)

Additional assistance on these standards is provided by the US Access Board, the agency responsible for the Section 508 Standards with their Guide to the Section 508 Standards for Web sites and Web-based Applications.

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