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Section 508 Reference Guide - 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Checklist

Question Meet Standard and How Do Not Meet Standard Not Applicable and Why
(a) If software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, are product functions executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually?      
(b.i) Does the application avoid disrupting or disabling activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features (where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards)?      
(b.ii) Does the application avoid disrupting or disabling 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)?      
(c.i) Is a well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus (e.g., arrow pointer) provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes?      
(c.ii) Is the focus programmatically exposed so that AT can track focus and focus changes?      
(d.i) Is there sufficient information about each user interface element (including the identity, operation and state of the element) available to AT?      
(d.ii) If an image represents a program element, is the information conveyed by the image also available in text?      
(e) If bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, is the meaning assigned to those images consistent throughout an application's performance?      
(f) Is textual information provided through operating system functions for displaying text? (Minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.)      
(g) Does the application avoid overriding user-selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes?      
(h) If animation is displayed, is information displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user?      
(i) Does the application avoid using color-coding as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element?      
(j) If the product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, is a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels provided?      
(k) Does the software avoid using flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz?      
(l) If electronic forms are used, does the form allow people using AT to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues?      


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