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Mike Boota
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Hi,

Just curious if JSF provides any functionality to build pages for Individuals with disabilities. How to comply with Government section 508 http://www.section508.gov/. Any tips on where to start from.

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Tim Holloway
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I've never been in a situation where full government compliance was necesary, but there are some tag attributes that are designed for such purposes, like the "alt" tag for images.

One thing I will recommend is that you use one of the text-only web browsers such as Lynx to test for compliance. Lynx plus a speech synthesizer is a very good way for blind people to manage the web. Or Lynx plus a braille output device - but speech synthesizers are cheaper - one (Festival) came free with my copy of Linux.

And, of course, whatever you do, stay away from Flash. Not only people with imperfect vision get locked out when the cutesy animated menus take over. I have a 64-bit system and so far Adobe has yet to accomodate such beasties.

A major automobile manufacturer just lost a sale because I couldn't get past their Flash-only home page.
 
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