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Web Content Checklist for Section 508 Compliance

Web Content Accessibility Standard Meets Standard Feature Not Present Cannot Meet Standard
(a) Is there a text equivalent (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content) for every non-text element?
(b) For any multimedia presentations, are there equivalent alternatives and are they synchronized with the presentation?
(c) Is all information conveyed with color also available without color (e.g. from context or markup)?
(d) Are documents organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet?
(e) Are redundant text links provided for each active region of a server-side image map?
(f) Are client-side image maps provided, instead of server-side image maps (except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape)?
(g) Are row and column headers identified for data tables?
(h) Is markup used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers?
(i) Are frames titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation?
(j) Are pages designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz?
(k.i) Is a text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, provided? (This is to ensure that a web site complies when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way.)
(k.ii) Is the content of the text-only page updated whenever the primary page changes?
(l) If pages use scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, is the information provided by the script identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology?
(m) If a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, does the page provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with ยง1194.21, the Technical Standards for Software Applications and Operating Systems, (a) through (l)?
(n) If electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, does the form 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?
(o) Is a method provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links?
(p) If a timed response is required, is the user alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required?

Web Liaison: I certify that this is compliant

Signature required to certify accuracy and completeness of the checklist and Section 508 compliance.
Program Area Section 508 Coordinator: Exemption requested


All Requests for Exemption require both USPTO Section 508 Coordinator and Department of Commerce approval. Web Author/Web Liaison: Provide the basis for any Request for Exemption on an attachment. The Program Area Section 508 Coordinator will forward the checklist and Request for Exemption to the USPTO Section 508 Coordinator for processing.

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