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Accessibility Compliance

 
Larry McFeeters
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Since I am a web developer on contract with the Federal Government, I was wondering how progress is going in terms of Servlet Technology and JSP in being compliant with the Federal Government's push for Accessibility. This is the primary thing that is keeping us from developing with Servlets, etc.
Thanks in advance for responses and comments.
Larry
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Larry McFeeters
Lockheed Martin
Cincinnati, OH
 
Tim Duncan
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Originally posted by Larry McFeeters:
... the Federal Government's push for Accessibility ...

Quite a few of us here aren't based in the states. Could you give us an idea what this is about ...?
 
Larry McFeeters
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Section 508 is a part of the Disabilities Rehabilitation Act.
It requires that no employee of the Federal Government be discriminated against because of a disability. This includes blindness, hearing, mobility, etc. disabilities. We are required when building web pages as well as other kinds of desktop applications to have more than one way of getting access to information. E.g., if a person is blind, they must be able to get access to information via auditory means.
There are tools that work well with Windows product, such as JAWS
which is a text reader. Also, Lotus Notes applications work well with a text reader, except when the application is built with a Java Applet. I know there are some progress made with Accessibility using the JDK 1.3.1_01 (the latest?) but I had difficulty getting it to work correctly.
Since I web program mostly with Dreamweaver or Domino Designer, I don't have to develop serious Java. (Domino has all of the classpaths set up, especially the RNext beta version of Domino which has tools for building JSP and Servlets.)That makes it difficult for me to implement accessibility compliant applications. Does that help?
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Larry McFeeters
Lockheed Martin
Cincinnati, OH
 
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